Last week VRFocus reported on the launch of a Steam Greenlight campaign for a new virtual reality (VR) compatible videogame named Astronaut Simulator. The campaign was looking toward gather enough positive votes from the community in order to be approved for sale on Valve’s digital PC store come full launch. Now, exactly one week on from when that campaign first launched, it has raised enough votes to pass. As such, Astronaut Simulator will launch with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).
As the name implies, Astronaut Simulator casts players as an astronaut, allowing them to head into space and experience zero gravity as they explore an area around the Endeavour space shuttle. Players won’t just be limited to exploring however, as they will also be tasked with completing missions including repairing damaged equipment and searching for debris, all the time managing vital supplies of oxygen, fuel and electricity.
At this point in time Astronaut Simulator has only confirmed support for the Oculus Rift’s first development kit (DK1), with no mention of if the title could also end up integrating the second development kit (DK2). A release fate for the videogame is also yet to be set. VRFocus will continue to follow Astronaut Simulator, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.