Last week saw indie developer Owlchemy Labs surprise the entire virtual reality (VR) industry as it was revealed as one of a handful of studios to have secretly been working on HTC and Valve’s Vive head-mounted display (HMD). The company is working on Job Simulator, a unique experience that aims to take full advantage of the kit. This week at the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, the company teased possible multiplayer support for the upcoming videogame.
Owlchemy Labs’ Chief Scientist Alex Schwartz suggested as much speaking on the ‘Causal VR’ panel at the event. He noted that the full version of Job Simulator ‘might involve’ multiplayer VR, perhaps in the vein of popular titles such as Mario Party, suggesting players might pass the Vive itself around. He also noted that there are some challenges with developing multiplayer of this kind, taking into account changes in user height and more as the HMD is passed from player to player. He didn’t outright confirm its inclusion but did note that it was something the studio was ‘looking at’.
Set in 2015, Job Simulator depicts a world in which robots are common and handle everyday chores that include cleaning and cooking. The videogame is a VR exclusive title currently in development for Steam VR, Oculus Rift and other as-yet-unannounced HMDs. The developer will be showcased the experience at Valve’s own booth at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) last week and plans to launch the title later on in 2015. The Vive itself is expected to launch for consumers in Holiday 2015.
VRFocus will continue to follow Owlchemy Labs, reporting back with any further updates from the studio.