Last week saw voting open for submissions to Leap Motion’s 3D videogame jam, a development competition tasking entrants with creating experiences that use the company’s hand-tracking controller and a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) such as the Oculus Rift. One of the submissions that VRFocus highlighted was Weightless from indie developer Martin Schubert, which offers a unique zero gravity experience in VR. Should all go to plan then Schubert hopes to continue working on the title, releasing a full version of it next year.
Weightless uses the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) and a Leap Motion controller to allow players to interact with objects in a zero gravity environment. As can be seen in the trailer below, players use their hands to interact with a space station, releasing small objects into a room that they are then able to push around with their hands as well jump around the area themselves. Players can also enjoy music from Chris Zabriskie, which can be switched using another control panel. Just how Schubert will expand on the title for a full version isn’t yet known.
Those interested in Weightless can head to its 3D jam submission page to sample a demo, although they will obviously need both an Oculus Rift and a Leap Motion controller. From there, fans have until midnight PST on 16th December 2014 to rate the experience. Should it prove to be one of the top-rated entrants then it will be added to the list of 20 finalists to be announced on 20th December, with the overall winner being selected on 10th January 2015. Prizes include $30,000 USD in cash as well as the chance to showcase at IndieCast East, which will run between 13th – 15th February next year in New York City.
VRFocus will continue to follow both Weightless and the 3D Jam competition, reporting back with any further updates on both.