There have already been a number of virtual reality (VR) experiences that take players into outer space. Most recent a Kickstarter campaign for an experience based on the historic Apollo 11 mission passed its campaign. Today sees the launch of a new campaign for another Moon-based VR experience, Lunar Destiny from non-profit organisation, Innovate Our World. The developer is looking to raise $25,000 USD towards the project.
Compatible with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and Google Cardboard smartphone-based HMD, Lunar Destiny lets players take part in a range of activities on the surface of the Moon. Players are able to race customisable rovers across its surface as well as build their own structures and living spaces for their astronaut. Money can be earned by selling resources and spent to expand the player’s empire, while they must also defend themselves from natural hazards such as solar flares along with competitors to their empire.
Though it isn’t specifically mentioned, the video for the campaign seems to reveal a form of hand-tracking solution for the title, with players using hands in a first-person perspective to interact with a menu. It will also be possible to bring up facts about the Moon at any time during play.
The first 250 to pledge $8 towards the experience will gain access to its pre-alpha phase, estimated to arrive in June 2015. Alpha access and beyond is available for $12 and estimated to arrive in September 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow the project closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.