Usually when a modern videogame includes the word ‘Simulator’ in its title it’s the sign of a comedy experience such as Goat Simulator or Surgeon Simulator. That’s not the case with Astronaut Simulator, which has this week launched a Steam Greenlight campaign, hoping to secure enough positive votes to be approved for sale on Valve’s digital store come full release. Should the campaign prove to be a success then the title will launch with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display’s (HMD) first development kit (DK1).
Like over VR space experiences, Astronaut Simulator allows players to suit up and experience zero gravity, exploring an area around the Endeavour space shuttle. Players will be tasked with completing missions such as repairing equipment and search for debris as they try to manage supplies of oxygen, fuel and electricity while trying not to veer off course at any point. It’s not clear if the title’s developer are intending to add support for the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) at any point in the future.
A release date for Astronaut Simulator is yet to be announced. Those interested in the title should also take a look at the likes of Cosmonaut, VR Spacewalk and the recently showcased ADR1FT. VRFocus will continue to follow the experience, reporting back with any further updates on its development.