For all of the horror and adventure videogames to grace the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) so far in its short life, there haven’t been many first-person shooter (FPS) experiences. There’s good reason for this, as creating an immersive experience in which the player feels like they are holding a weapon and can react quickly without suffering from simulator sickness is challenging to say the least. Despite this indie developer VRventure has recently launched its own VR FPS tech demo in Evolved – Attack of the Drones.
This is intended to be a fairly simplistic FPS experience in which players are free to explore a remote island, armed with what appears to be an AK-47 and the ability to jump far higher than any normal human. Players can use these mechanics across two modes; one that simply lets them explore the island, shooting barrels and other non-lethal targets as they go, and another in which drones attack the island. In the latter mode players are tasked with defending the island for as long as possible as enemies pour in.
Using the enhanced jumping enables players to leap up mountains and even on top of a ship that hangs in the sky. The demo is intended to be a work in progress that will eventually be fleshed out into a full VR FPS and platforming experience. It’s not clear just when this full title might arrive and if it will carry the same name as Evolved – Attack of the Drones. For now, it features full support for the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2).
Evolved – Attack of the Drones can be downloaded for free over on the official Oculus VR Share Beta on PC. Possible Mac and Linux versions are yet to be mentioned. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with all of the latest updates.