Back in February 2015 developer David Whelan launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a unique new virtual reality (VR) title named The Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience. As the name suggests, the piece allows players to take part in the historic moon landing of 1969 using the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). This week sees Whelan pass the campaign’s initial €30,000 EUR goal with a little over a day left before it comes to an end. Its success means that the experience will launch on PC later in the year.
“We couldn’t have done it without you,” Wheland said of the campaign’s success. Thanks so much to each and every one of you. We have a few hours left before the campaign closes and the support from you guys has been amazing and overwhelming.
“We are already hard at work and can’t wait to get the complete experience to you guys. We have some stretch goals published and it looks as if we have already hit the first one which is fantastic.”
The Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience incorporates official NASA archive footage and audio to create an experience that hopes to educate students with a brand new way to learn about the events of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s landmark mission. A demo for the title is currently available for the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) and standard monitors on PC, offering a ‘small taste’ of the experience. The developer plans to use the money raised to ‘recreate the full mission with more detailed models, animated avatars and interactive gameplay.’
At the time of writing the campaign is also close to completing a €34,000 stretch goal for ‘The Overview Effect’, allowing players to take in the view as they circle around the earth, with ‘inspirational thoughts’ from ‘some of the best minds that ever lived’ playing out as a soundtrack. Other stretch goals tease the inclusion of the Russian Lunokhod 1 Moon Tank and the chance to also experience the Apollo 13 Mission.
As it stands, The Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience is due to launch in July 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow the title closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.