Earlier in September 2014 VRFocus reported on the launch of an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign for an upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible videogame known as Windlands from indie developer Ilja Kivikangas. The title is looking to raise $14,000 USD before 30th October, and is well on its way to doing so with $8,989 raised at the time of writing. This week sees a new update for the project as its Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) compatible demo launches on the official Oculus VR Share Beta.
Windlands has in fact already had a demo featured on Oculus VR’s free software portal for some time, though this week it saw an update to the most recent version with support for the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2). The title is a first-person experience in which players traverse large and fantastical landscapes, using a grappling hook to swing around environments and jumping large distances. At the end of every area players will face a boss as they build up towards a final battle.
The demo can currently be downloaded for free on PC, with no word on Mac or Linux versions. Should Windlands pass its IndieGoGo campaign then it hopes to launch in full in May 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow the title’s progress going forward, reporting back with any further updates on its development.