Earlier in the year indie development VR Bits saw success with its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible space flight simulation experience, Darkfield. The title ended up raising some $13,073 AUD to aid development on PC, Mac and Linux with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). One Kickstarter reward included access to a pre-release version of the title as soon as the campaign ended. Today that early access edition has seen a new update.
The title has been updated to Alpha4.8, which is something of a minor release in the build up to Alpha5, which will feature full support for Unity 5. Instead, this update includes the same features as Alpha4.7b, although it does allow for users to run the title without rolling back Oculus runtime to version 0.4.2. The developer also notes two minor issues it has picked up on in the new release, including not being able to bring up the Oculus Rift debug menu with F2 and user interface (UI) buttons not being properly highlighted.
Darkfield is a co-op space flight experience for up to four players. Teams work together to complete missions using unique space craft that have their own perks. It might be that players are tasked with bringing down a space station, with one player using an EMP device to disable shields, while another uses missiles to blow a hole into the structure. The title is also set to feature a single-player first-person mode which displays the lore of the fictional universe as well as competitive online options.
Darkfield is expected to launch in full in July 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow the title’s progress, reporting back with any further updates.