Following the reveal of Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) it was revealed that the device would in fact be launching with a free store. This means that developers won’t be able to charge for content until a while after the device has launched. Naturally, some teams are planning free samples of their products before the launch of the premium store. However Darknet developer E McNeill is going a very different route.
The indie developer has announced that he will be giving Darknet away for free at the launch of Gear VR, which is expected to be taking place later this month. McNeill described it as a ‘gift’ for those that buy into Gear VR early. Once the premium store is up, the title will be available for $10 USD. McNeill reasoned that he was taking a risk as his titles are his only source of income, but wanted to get it into the hands of as many people as possible.
“But I don’t think it’s such a crazy idea,” McNeill explained in a developer blog. “I’m convinced that my greatest foe is obscurity, and this is potentially a chance to get tens of thousands of people to try out my game. For a little while, Darknet may be one of the only premium games available that’s focused on deep gameplay, and hopefully the earliest wave of players will go tell the world about it. Of course, this strategy only works if people actually like the game, but that’s a risk worth taking.”
Darknet casts players a hacker that breaks past firewalls by beating procedurally developed challenges. The title is inspired by exaggerated versions of hacking as seen in the likes of Ghost in the Shell. VRFocus will continue to follow the title moving towards launch, reporting back with any further updates.