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ZVR Apocalypse Demo Released

Indie developer Lucid VR is currently hard at work trying to raise funds for its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible shooter, ZVR Apocalypse. The developer hopes to raise $30,000 AUD before 28th September 2014 to fund the title’s production and perhaps even a unique arcade-style booth for the title, should it reach later stretch goals. Part of the studio’s efforts to raise funding include the release of a new demo for the experience, which can now be downloaded.

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The Zombie Showcase Demo, as it is called, is currently available through both the Kickstarter page and over on the official Oculus VR Share Beta. However, this isn’t a demo in the traditional sense; players are placed on a turntable and can simply look at some of the title’s detailed zombie models as they circle them. The piece is designed to give a sense of atmosphere in ZVR Apocalypse, providing players with their first taste of coming face-to-face with VR zombies. The experience is compatible with both the first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2) for the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD).

Those disappointed in the demo’s lack of mechanics shouldn’t worry; the developer has also revealed that a new playable demo is planned for release this week. The new release should give players a chance to sample some of ZVR Apocalypse‘s third-person gameplay, allowing them to shooter zombies for the first time. In the same Kickstarter update Lucid VR also revealed that the title has been approved for distribution on Steam, and the developers will be preparing an Early Access release of the title ‘sometime after the Kickstarter campaign is over.’

ZVR Apocalypse is a mix of both third and first-person shooter, with players alternating between cover-based third-person action and first-person turret-based gameplay. Those interested in the title can currently back $30 to secure a digital copy of the title, which is planned for a full release on PC and Mac in May 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow ZVR Apocalypse going forward, reporting back with any further updates on its development.