Mid-September 2014 saw indie developer Team Future launch a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible cooperative-based videogame, Black Hat Oculus. The studio was asking for a relatively low base goal of $4,200 USD and has recently passed that initial target with the help of some 184 backers. In fact the title has even raised enough for its $4,300 stretch goal to have it posted on Steam Greenlight.
“All of us here on Team Future want to thank everyone for their support!!” the developer wrote in a Kickstarter update. “Because of you, we’ll be able to develop new mechanics, create more content, polish all the rough edges, and release Black Hat Oculus to the world! And with 14 days to go, perhaps we’ll hit some stretch goals that will enable us to make this game even better. Stay tuned for more updates from the team, but for now, we just wanted to say a heartfelt THANK YOU!”
Black Hat Oculus is a unique title in which one player wears an Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) while another guides them through areas, trying to avoid detection by enemies that the Oculus Rift user cannot see. Obstacles range from trap doors to enemies that patrol areas. Using a standard monitor, the second player can disable enemies and unlock doors among other things. Players must work together to reach the exit of each area.
The title’s Kickstarter campaign still has several stretch goals that it hopes to meet in its remaining time, including a $6,000 goal to give the experience a visual overhaul. Now that Black Hat Oculus is funded, the developer aims to launch the title in February 2015 on PC. Possible Mac and Linux versions of the experience are yet to be mentioned. VRFocus will continue to follow the title’s progress, reporting on any more updates as it heads towards launch.