Darknet Now Available for Free, Dev Reveals Donation Option

Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) has officially launched this week in the USA. The device currently only features a free store, meaning that most developers have posted simple demos and experiences as they wait for the launch of a premium option early next year. One developer bucking that trend however is E McNeill, the creator of anticipated VR hacking videogame, Darknet. As previously promised, McNeill has launched the full version of his title for free on the store alongside Gear VR.


Darknet takes an exaggerated, cinematic approach to what the developer calls ‘Hollywood hacking’. Taking inspiration from the likes of Ghost in the Shell, the title tasks players with breaking through firewalls, installing viruses and beating cyber security by solving various puzzles that have been procedurally generated. Players use the Gear VR to slip into cyberspace in a first-person perspective and strategically hack nodes.

Bravely, McNeill intends to keep Darknet free up until the launch of the premium store on Gear VR. From then on it will be priced at $10 USD, making this something of a bonus for early adopters of the Gear VR. However those that have played Darknet and think that they might like to show a little extra support for the developer can currently head to the videogames official website, where an option to donate can be found on it’s About page.

Though Darknet is available in full on Gear VR E McNeill has also confirmed that the original Oculus Rift version is still coming and will now take the form of an ‘expanded version’. It’s not exactly clear what might be added to this new version, though we’re sure to find out more as the consumer version of the Oculus Rift approaches. VRFocus will continue to follow Darknet, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.