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Private Eye Demo Released

It’s taken just under a month longer than anticipated but the promised demo for upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible adventure title Private Eye has finally launched today. As the title’s Twitter account reveals, developer Jake Slack has experienced a few issues in getting the sample ready for release, but it can now be played either either the first or second development kit (DK1 and DK2) for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).

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As it turns out the demo, which is available from the official Private Eye website, is in fact just a slice of a full demo that will be released in tandem with the title’s upcoming Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. That campaign is expected to launch in either November or December 2014. The current release is said to highlight the ‘more cinematic and close-quarter gameplay’, meaning the observation-based sections which utilise binoculars won’t be included here, although will be seen in the full demo.

Private Eye casts players as private detective Sam Sunderland who suffers and accident that leaves him wheelchair-bound and with memory loss. Players will piece together what has happened to Sunderland by following the actions of other people that live across the street from his apartment. VRFocus recently previewed the demo and found it to be immensely promising.

“The demo starts you off a little bit into the story but I hope it’s not too confusing,” Slack explains on Private Eye‘s website. “It’s been about 48 hours since the accident that has put you in a wheelchair. You’ve drunk yourself to sleep hoping to awake with any kind of recollection from your past.” Those that want to report any issues or simply talking about the demo can do so over on a forum thread for the title on the official Oculus VR website.

Look for more news on Private Eye in the coming months, then. VRFocus will continue to follow the title going forward, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.