Award-Winning Nix Released for Free

Late last month VRFocus reported on Nix, a virtual reality (VR) compatible puzzle title that had been awarded first place in the Off The Map competition at the 2014 GameCity festival in Nottingham, UK. Developers Sebastian Filby, Faye Allen and Jackson Rolls-Gray of the University of South Wales took home the prize for creating a title inspired by the British Library’s collection of Gothic literature, having been judged by the library, GameCity and Crytek, which supplied its CryEngine 3 for entrants. This week sees Nix launch for free, with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display.


Nix tasks players with solving a series of puzzles in order to virtually reconstruct Fonthill Abbey, a country house once based in Wiltshire, UK that was demolished in 1846 after the collapse of its 300-foot tower. Players explore the abbey underwater in first-person, discovering cel-shaded caverns and archaic halls. The abbey itself is accurately reconstructed using original drawings, maps of the estate and sounds held in the British Library’s exhibition named ‘Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination’.

Those interested can download Nix for free over on the developer’s official website. Take note that, as of right now, the title is only compatible with the Oculus Rift’s first development kit (DK1). The developer notes that the title may well run using the second development kit (DK2), but will not support positional tracking. If DK2 support will eventually come to Nix is not yet clear, although this is still well worth experiencing for free. VRFocus will continue to follow Nix and all other VR videogames, reporting back with any further updates.