It was just under a year ago now that indie developer Team Junkfish announced its virtual reality (VR) compatible horror experience, Monstrum. It’s been a big year for both the studio and the videogame since the reveal, making appearances at events such as Rezzed and EGX London. Sadly the title has seen a few delays too, although today finally marks one of the first releases for the project. Monstrum is now available via Steam’s Early Access system, albeit without support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).
Despite the lack of VR support this pre-release version of the title features a lot of content for fans to enjoy. In Monstrum, players attempt to escape a derelict ship as they’re hunted by a horrific monster. The ship is procedurally generated, meaning it changes each time the player dies, while there are a number of different monsters that will chase them. In the Early Access version there are a total of two monsters and three potential escape routes to be found across four sections of the ship. The developer had hoped to avoid an Early Access release but instead proceeded with one to prevent further delays.
This early version of Monstrum costs £9.95 GBP. That’s a reduced price, considering not all of the title’s content is on offer just yet. A full version of the experience is being planned for later in 2015, adding an extra monster, another section of the ship and, of course, Oculus Rift support. It will go on sale for £11.99/$17.99 USD/€14.99 EUR. VRFocus last spoke to Team Junkfish at EGX London where the developer discussed the title’s VR integration as well as giving players a reason to replay the title once they’ve made a successful run.
VRFocus will continue to follow Monstrum‘s progress throughout Early Access, reporting back with any further updates on its development.