Samsung and Oculus VR’s Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) is currently populated with free experiences as developers wait for the option to charge for content to launch on the Oculus VR Store. Among these titles is HeroBound: First Steps, a third-person dungeon crawler that has been developed internally at Oculus VR itself. As a free experience, the future of the title isn’t clear at this point in time. But, according to Oculus VR’s Head of Mobile Max Cohen, there are ‘a lot of good plans’ for the future of this intriguing project.
Cohen teased as much in an interview with VRFocus that will be published in full later this week. “HeroBound‘s called HeroBound: First Steps; maybe it would take second steps or third steps sometime in the future?” Cohen suggested. “It is called First Steps, so that’s something you could think about, yeah. Maybe there’s other dungeons that could be unlocked? I mean you’re asking about DLC, basically, an IPA, in-app purchases, right? And could we expanded HeroBound that way? The answer is we could. Will we? I’m honestly not entirely sure. I will tell you that we have a lot of good plans for HeroBound.”
Oculus VR’s Head of Studios Jason Rubin was also mentioned, with Cohen stating that he was pivotal in getting HeroBound: First Steps to ‘where it needed to be. Cohen’s comments seem to suggest that, at this point in time, there isn’t a ‘full version’ of HeroBound: First Steps waiting to launch along with the Oculus VR Store’s premium option. Instead it seems that Oculus VR will be adding to the experience that is already there with new areas etc.
VRFocus will continue to follow HeroBound: First Steps and the Gear VR in general, reporting back with any further updates on either.