This week sees the launch of an intriguing new virtual reality (VR) experience from indie developer TankRust Studios. That title is Low Tide, a first-person exploration piece that uses the Oculus Rift head-mounted display. The title’s first environmental demo can currently be downloaded for free over on the official Oculus VR Share Beta on PC. Possible Mac and Linux versions are yet to be mentioned, though the experience does support both the Oculus Rift’s first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2).
Low Tide is a first-person experience in which players explore an immersive, drab environment that’s weather gives off a dim shade of grey. In the ful title players can solve both mechanical and physics-based puzzles as they discover new areas, although these puzzles are not included in this first demo. According to the developer the title is ‘designed to take advantage of the Oculus Rift’ as ‘the immersive environment will challenge your perceptions and cognitive abilities.’
It’s not clear when the full version of Low Tide might release right now. Development started earlier in the year as the team received its own Oculus Rift DK2 unit. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with all of the latest updates on them.