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Darkfield Dev Releases Demo for Top Down Shooter Nighttime Terror

You might think that indie developer VR Bits has enough on its plate at the moment working on its Kickstarter crowd-funded title, Darkfield. The virtual reality (VR) compatible space simulation experience is on track for a release later in 2015, but the studio has still found the time to recently release a demo for another of its upcoming videogames. That videogame is Nighttime Terror, a top down VR shooter that is fully compatible with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display’s (HMD) first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2).

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Nighttime Terror puts players inside childhood nightmares, pitting them against evil toys that resemble twisted versions of plush animals and more. The player guides their character through every day environments such as working desks and living room floors which have been given a dark makeover. A machine gun is used to defeat these creatures. The camera angle makes it somewhat reminiscent of other third-person VR experiences such as Lucky’s Tale. There are also some powerups, with red liquorice giving players a 10 second weapon boost and green liquorice restoring their health.

The demo is currently available to download either through VR Bits’ official site or over on the Oculus VR official Share Beta. There’s currently only a PC version of the sample available, with no word on possible Mac and Linux releases. That said, the listing on the official website reveals that Nighttime Terror is also due for release on Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD in the future, though the demo doesn’t seem to be available there just yet. Just when we’ll see the full release is currently unknown.

It’s encouraging to see the developer expand on its VR work past Darkfield. VRFocus will continue to follow Nighttime Terrors and the rest of VR Bits’ work in VR, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.