Virtual reality (VR) has already been applied to a wide range of videogame genres, but tower defence titles remain untouched. However indie developer Alien Space Technologies is looking to change that with its upcoming sci-fi experience, Save The Universe. The title, which features full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), has this week launched a Steam Greenlight campaign seeking enough positive votes to be approved for sale on Valve’s digital store come full release.
Save The Universe is more accurately described by its developer as ‘Space Bullet Hell Tower Defence’. Developed using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4, the title allows players to build and upgrade a number of different types of towers in key spots around maps. Players will also control a command ship that can be used to support towers against the waves of alien enemies. Current tower types include lasers, missiles, plasma turrets, drones and explosions. The developer also promises that there’s ‘more to come’ in terms of tower variety.
Should all go to plan then Alien Space Technologies hopes to launch Save The Universe on PC in 2015, though a more specific window hasn’t yet been mentioned. The Oculus Rift support will also include a spectator mode in which other players will be able to watch matches. Further details such as possible Mac and Linux support are also yet to be provided. VRFocus will continue to follow Save The Universe closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.