Virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts are likely already familiar with Austin, Texas-based videogame developer, Ghost Machine. The studio released its first VR title, MotorSport Revolution in January 2015 and has already launched two campaigns on Valve’s Steam Greenlight service this year in Final Strike and Endless Dead. Now the team has revealed a third campaign, this time for VR compatible fantasy experience, Orc Assault. The campaign hopes to raise enough positive votes from the community to be approved for sale on Valve’s digital store come full release.
Orc Assault is a tower defence videogame that features full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Set in the fictional land of Camalon, players must build towers in order to fend off ‘Disneyesque’ enemies that include orcs, trolls, ogres and goblins. Battles take place from a top-down perspective across colourful environments in which enemies will walk across a pre-determined path and must be stopped in their tracks. The title even features a first-person mode in which players will be able to assist their towers by taking down enemies with a machine gun.
“We tend to use Greenlight as a skunkworks for new ideas and concepts, a place where we can bounce our prototypes off the gaming public and see what sticks,” Ghost Machine CEO Neal Nellans said of the campaign’s launch and the studio’s large ammount of projects currently in the Greenlight stages. “We were surprised that there was not a defacto Tower Defense game for VR since it works so well in VR.”
Ghost Machine hopes to launch Orc Assault in late 2015, should the campaign prove successful. Both the campaigns for Final Strike and Endless Dead also remain ongoing since their respective launches in January 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow all of these titles, reporting back with any further updates on their progress.