The Oculus VR Share Beta is home to many types of virtual reality (VR) experiences for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Many showcase the potential of the technology, though few hold the promise to go on and become full videogames. Pangenesis from indie developer Ben Taylor appears to be one such title. The adventure experience has recently launched a pre-release version via Oculus VR’s official software portal.
Pangenesis is a first-person experience in which players explore huge procedurally generated worlds. These environments feature interactive objects such as sticks and stones that can become makeshift weapons to use against the often deadly wildlife. Interestingly, players can take DNA from the creatures that they encounter and mix them to create unique new offspring. Combining spider-like beasts with animals that resemble ducks, for example, will generate an eight-legged creature with a beak.
Elsewhere, Pangenesis features randomly generated dungeons complete with their own puzzles, trials and traps to defeat as well as multiplayer support. The title is still in development, meaning that Taylor is still yet to add many of the features that will turn Pangenesis into a full videogame, but what’s here is an intriguing foundation that features full support for both the Oculus Rift’s first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2).
The pre-release version can currently be downloaded for free on PC. VRFocus will continue to follow Pangenesis‘ progress in the future, reporting back with any further updates on the title.