Virtual reality (VR) technology has the power to allow users to take on any role. By wearing an Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) players can become astronauts, animals, action heroes and more. But what about prisoners? It’s a strange choice, but players can become exactly that in a new VR compatible title from indie studio Kopy Kat. Named Prison Life, the title has recently launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign and Steam Greenlight campaign. The former hopes to raise $35,000 AUD while the latter aims to secure enough votes to be approved for sale on Valve’s digital story come full release.
Prison Life is a first person experience in which players are taken to Ashcliff Experimental Facility (AEF) prison. Here they will interact with a community of notorious criminals as they learn to survive in the hostile environment, make important allies and take part in other activities to pass the time. Players will be able to learn different melee fighting styles such as karate and boxing and take on jobs such as dry cleaning and mining. Multiplayer will also feature as will a ‘simple’ co-op mode.
Activities include playing soccer, hitting the gym and even taking part in online karaoke sessions. As players take part in these events they can boost their own character stats. The title also takes some clear inspirations from popular TV series Breaking Bad, featuring a character named Tayler White that looks nearly identical to Bryan Cranston’s Walter White. There’s even the appearance of a lawyer named Paul that uses the tagline ‘Better Call Paul!’, an obvious reference to the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul.
Should Prison Life pass its Kickstarter campaign then it hopes to launch in April 2016 with full support for the Oculus Rift. Those interested in the title can currently pledge $25 to secure a digital version of the title on PC at launch. VRFocus will continue to follow Prison Life, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.
UPDATE: Prison Life developer Onyx Pixel has been in touch with VRFocus to clarify certain aspects of the project Firstly, Prison Life‘s release date has now been changed to September 2015. The title’s co-op mode has also been scrapped as has the Kickstarter campaign. VRFocus apologies for any confusion caused.