Many of the videogames that have been announced for Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in the 24 hours following its announcement have been either brand new titles or ports of ones coming to the Oculus Rift. However the reveal has also led to the ressurection of a beloved VR project, long thought to be cancelled. Indie developer Justin Moravetz has confirmed Proton Pulse will launch on Gear VR.
This will mark the first official launch of Proton Pulse, a unique brick breaking title that was previously in development for the Oculus Rift before running into legal issues and development stalling. It would appear as if Moravetz is past such issues, though, as the developer took to Reddit to announce that Proton Pulse was be available at the launch of Gear VR, which is thought to be in mid-October.
Proton Pulse provides a twist on the brick breaking genre, with players using the Gear VR’s head-tracking technology to move a platform around a level without the need for a controller. Players bounce a ball along a corridor, making sure to catch it with the platform every time it nears. The aim is to use the ball to smash all the bricks in a level in order to proceed. According to the developer, this take on the genre will feature over 50 levels and five boss fights.
Moravetz’s hands-free controls can be see again in Vanguard V, a VR flight combat title that recently failed to secure funding in a Kickstarter campaign. We’re still awaiting news on where the developer will take the project now. VRFocus will continue to follow both Proton Pulse and Vanguard V going forward, reporting back with any further updates.