Last year indie developer Aldin Dynamics released a brief virtual reality (VR) experience for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) named Asunder: Earthbound. As one of the few VR experiences available at the time, it was praised for its immersive showcase of the technology. Of course when it was released there was only the first development kit (DK1) version of the Oculus Rift to play it on. Over a year later and with the second development kit (DK2) out, the title has received a crucial update.
As can be seen in a small trailer below, Asunder: Earthbound has received a new version that supports the Oculus Rift DK2 as well as several visual tweaks and mini-experiences. The title is described as a ‘cinematic VR adventure’ experience in which players are cast as a passenger aboard an airplane. Strange events start to occur not long into the experience, with players having to then think about their actions as they try to survive. It’s possible to communicate with characters using the Oculus Rift’s head-tracking technology.
The Oculus Rift DK2 features support for positional tracking, meaning players can physically move their head around within an environment. It also boasts a 1080p OLED display that allows for low latency head-tracking. It is the most recent version of the HMD to be made available to developers, although creator Oculus VR did recently unveil a new prototype named Crescent Bay that improves the device further still.
This new version of Asunder: Earthbound is available now on PC from the developer’s official website for $4.99 USD. Also included in the package are several mini-experiences developed by Aldin Dynamics itself, some of which are new to this more recent version. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with all of the latest updates on them.