Easily one of the most anticipated virtual reality (VR) compatible titles of 2015 is SUPERHOT, the first-person shooter (FPS) that raised some $250,798 USD via a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign in 2014. Those that pledged $200 or more towards that campaign are entitled to access to an upcoming Alpha version of the videogame, allowing them to test early builds of the experience before anyone else. Recently SUPERHOT‘s developer revealed just when this Alpha version of the experience will be arriving.
Backers can expect to start testing this early version of the videogame on 28th February, pitting its release at just under four weeks away. The build will feature a total of six levels from SUPERHOT along with the introduction to the title’s story and the newly-added Endless Mode. As the name suggests, this new mode sees players facing off against endless waves of enemies using SUPERHOT‘s unique mechanic in which time will move only when the player does. As such, the world surrounding players remains motionless when they stand still.
SUPERHOT combines this mechanic with a unique, vibrant art style and support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Players must complete a variety of levels by eliminating all enemies, first acquiring a weapon such as a pistol and then making sure not to get hit themselves. Using the Oculus Rift’s positional tracking it is possible to literally lean out of the way of incoming bullets. In fact, Oculus VR itself has used the title to showcase this feature at several industry events over the past year.
SUPERHOT is planning to launch on PC, Mac and Linux in June 2015, although it should be noted that the Alpha version is arriving four months after its projected November 2014 release. It’s not clear if this means the full videogame will also be arriving later. The title is also coming to Xbox One. VRFocus will continue to follow SUPERHOT closely, reporting back with any further updates.