Those that have been a part of the virtual reality (VR) community for the past year will likely be aware of Technolust, the upcoming VR compatible adventure title from indie developer IRIS VR. Last year saw the studio pass its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, raising $64,477 CAD to bring it to PC with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). As it turns out, Technolust will also see release on Valve and HTC’s Vive PC HMD as well as on PlayStation 4 with support for the Project Morpheus HMD.
The developer’s Blair Renaud has confirmed that the team will be bringing the Technolust intellectual property (IP) to both the Vive and Project Morpheus. Note the use of the term ‘IP’, as the developer suggests that it might have to change elements of Technolust itself to best fit the respective HMDs and ensure that ‘everyone gets the best experience possible for their chosen hardware’. IRIS VR is reportedly already in possession of a Project Morpheus development kit.
Elsewhere, the developer has also confirmed that it is dropping support for the Sixense STEM System motion controls. “My hand has been forced on this for a number of reasons,” the developer noted in a Kickstarter update. “First and foremost being the lack of development hardware. I can’t support hardware I do not have access to. As far as I can tell, nobody has access to it. I have made several attempts to speak to the Sixense CEO in person and have been very put off in general. After trying (and owning) other motion control solutions, I am less than impressed with the STEM hardware in general regardless.”
Finally, Renaud confirmed that Technolust would be launching alongside the consumer version of the Oculus Rift, which itself is yet to be dated.
Technolust is set in a cyberpunk future in which large corporations have gained control of humanity. Players are able to sign up to a resistance and fight back against these organisations or simply live out life in the future, watching movies and visiting arcades. Recently the developer launched a competition for fans to design their own arcade cabinets for use in-game.
VRFocus will continue to follow Technolust closely, reporting back with any further updates on the title.