Last month saw virtual reality (VR) dedicated indie developer Iris VR release a new Beta build of its anticipated upcoming adventure title, Technolust. Available to those that either backed the project’s crowd-funding campaign or pre-ordered it online, the update added a range of new features and areas to the videogame, which supports the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). For those looking to sample Technolust right now without committing to a purchase, the developer has released a brand new demo for the experience.
Labelled ‘A Way Out’, this small demo is compatible with the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) and can be downloaded from the title’s official website. Its main aim to show off Technolust‘s 3D positional audio along with the impressive animated 3D photoscans that there added during the title’s successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. The audio has been created using RealSpace 3D’s software while Iris VR partnered with Quantum Capture for the photoscans, which offer realistic human NPCs.
“As mentioned, this is simply a Tech-demo,” the developer notes. “The story in the scene may not make sense without the context of the full game. This is a good thing though. **No spoilers**
“This is not representative of the final experience. Much work is still being done to improve the animation of the NPC’s. In the end, the will not only look better, but have full facial animation based on the real actors performances.”
Technolust is a sci-fi experience set in a distant future in which corporations have taken over. Players can choose to join a resistance to fight back against these organisations or simply exist in the cyberpunk urban environment, which has been inspired by the likes of Blade Runner. Outside of progressing the story, players can visit arcades and watch movies in their own personal space. The title’s Kickstarter campaign saw it raise some $64,477 CAD, more than doubling its original goal.
VRFocus will continue to follow Technolust closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.