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‘Fingers Crossed’ for Crystal Rift on Gear VR

Last week indie developers John Hibbins and Nick ‘Red of Paw’ Pittom launched a Steam Greenlight campaign for their dungeon crawling virtual reality (VR) compatible videogame, Crystal Rift. The title intends to launch on PC in summer 2015 with full support for the Oculus Rigt head-mounted display (HMD). But what about an Android version on Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD? According to Pittom, it’s certainly possible.

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The development mentioned that he had ‘fingers crossed’ for a Gear VR version of Crystal Rift in a recent post on Twitter advertising the Greenlight campaign. “VR game coming to @oculus rift and GearVR (fingers crossed!),” the full message reads, “now on Greenlight – Please vote yes!”

Crystal Rift is a first-person experience in which players progress through environments moving one step at a time on a square-based grid. Players will have to avoid various traps and dangers as they solve puzzles and overcome platform-based challenges through a series of three different acts. On PC the title uses a keyboard or gamepad for controls, so bluetooth gamepad could likely suffice for a possible Gear VR version of the experience.

Gear VR is expected to launch before year’s end as an Innovator Edition for early adopters and developers. The HMD runs with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. VRFocus will continue to follow both the HMD and Crystal Rift closely, reporting back with any further updates.