Earlier this month indie developer Ilja Kivikangas successfully passed an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign for upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible platform and exploration title, Windlands. The title, which supports the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) raised a total of $20,473 USD having originally asked for $14,000. The developer’s crowd-sourcing isn’t stopping there, however, as Windlands has now launched a Steam Greenlight campaign seeking enough positive votes to be approved for sale on Valve’s digital PC store come launch.
Windlands is a first-person experience that has been inspired by the likes of Journey, Shadow of the Colossus and Attack On Titan. Players explore vast, colourful environments, navigating them using super-powered jumps and swinging from objects using a grappling hook. The story sees the protagonist, the last automaton that has survived in a war against machines, seek out and destroy a power source that is controlling enemy golems. Players will face a boss at the end of each level, gaining new abilities once they’re defeated.
A demo for Windlands can currently be downloaded via the title’s IndieGoGo page and was previously used as a speedrun competition. It features support for standard screens as well as both the Oculus Rift’s first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2). According to the Greenlight page Kivikangas hopes to release his videogame somewhere between May and July 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow Windlands in the future, reporting back with any further updates on the title’s progress.