Following the announcement that student project Nix won this year’s ‘Off The Map’ award at GameCity this week, the team behind the videogame has made available a new batch of screenshots. Nix is a virtual reality (VR) experience that takes the player underwater and through a decaying ruin based on the real-world Fonthill Abbey, a country house that was demolished in 1846 follow the collapse of its 300-foot tower.
Created by three computer gaming students from the University of South Wales, Nix challenges gamers to reconstruct the Abbey via a series of puzzles and uses the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) to enable the user to virtually explore the Abbey. The winning team used original drawings, maps of the estate and sounds held in the British Library’s collections.
The ‘Off The Map’ competition is a collaboration between the British Library, Crytek and GameCity, the videogame culture festival run in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, which offers students the opportunity to develop their projects using Crytek’s CRYENGINE 3. VRFocus recently got hands-on with Nix and will bring you a preview in the not too distant future.