Virtual reality (VR) technology has already been put to use in a wide range of videogame genres, but is yet to make a major impact on massively multiplayer online (MMO) experiences. That could change with Crowfall, an upcoming PC MMO from indie team ArtCraft Entertainment, Inc. that’s currently running a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. Said campaign has already proved hugely successful, beating its initial $800,000 USD goal with ease. Now a new stretch goal for the title is teasing possible support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).
Set in a fantasy universe, Crowfall aims to mix strategy and MMO titles using a unique time-based system named ‘Eternal Heroes, Dying Worlds’. This allows players to fight for control of territories, levelling up their characters in the process. After a set amount of time, the world decays and a new campaign starts, with players able to bring their current heroes over. Teams and factions are chosen and then players are set free to explore entirely new landscapes with differing rules, races and more.
Destruction also plays a huge part in Crowfall, using voxels to allow players to break walls and structures, dig tunnels and more. Those interested in the project can currently pledge $36 in order to secure a digital copy. The developer hopes to begin alpha testing in summer 2015 with the ‘core module’ release in winter 2016.
Strangely, it isn’t a monetary goal that the developer lists for VR support. Instead, the team will include Oculus Rift support if it reaches 15,000 backers. At the time of writing, over 14,000 backers have pledged support, with three days to go until the campaign’s closure. “Thanks to Unity 5’s native support of Oculus (and we’re hoping Vive at some point!) we are excited to say that the possibility is in our grasp — so we’re including it as a stretch goal,” the developer noted in a campaign update. “Help us find 15,000 backers and we’ll make it happen!”
VRFocus will continue to follow Crowfall‘s progress, reporting back with any further updates on the title.