One developer that has been supporting virtual reality (VR) since the beginning of its revival is nDreams. Two years ago the company released its SkyDIEving demo for the first development kit (DK1) of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Since that time the studio has also revealed The Assembly for both Oculus Rift and the Project Morpheus PlayStation 4 HMD. It has also announced Perfect Beach for Samsung’s Gear VR and this week launched a demo for Gunner on the same platform. It’s for reasons such as these that the studio labels itself a ‘name to be reckoned with in VR’.
Lead Designer Andreas Gschwari said as much in an interview with VRFocus that will be published in full soon. “We were lucky to a degree but also for establishing ourselves with the Oculus Rift, you know, we were approached by Oculus and Samsung for the Gear and Rift and it kind of shows where nDreams are,” Gschwari explained. “We’re a small studio but we’re a name to be reckoned with in VR I think. And we are definitely developing for [Gear VR] predominantly at the moment because it is a consumer headset that’s launching very, very soon.
“I mean, whether we’re good innovators or bad innovators?” he later added. “That remains to be seen, but we’re definitely innovators. Everybody, all the other studios that are working on VR titles at the moment from people working in the comfort of their own home with a DK1 to bigger studios that have teams working on VR titles, everybody’s an innovator in that industry right now.”
Gunner is a turret-based first-person shooter (FPS) in which players take down waves of enemy spaceships using Gear VR’s head-tracking capabilities to aim. nDreams’ other Gear VR project, Perfect Beach, simply asks users to relax as they take in a picturesque environment. On the other hand, The Assembly is a story-driven first-person exploration title calls back to classic point and click adventure titles. With all of these titles in production at the studio, it’s easy to see why it considers itself to be a high-profile VR developer.
VRFocus will continue to follow nDreams and all of its VR projects, reporting back with any further updates.