Indie developer Parabole remains hard at work on its upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible videogame, Kôna. The studio recently took its first-person adventure title to PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts, where it enjoyed a positive reception from attendees. Of course, many of Kôna‘s Kickstarter backers are still wondering just when they’ll be able to get their hands on the title, following a delay announced earlier in the year. As it turns out, fans won’t have to wait too much longer to get their first taste.
Writing in a Kickstarter backer update, Parabole revealed that it intends to launch a pre-release version of Kôna via Steam’s Early Access system in July 2015. The team is working on a large, spoiler-free area of the videogame named ‘The Lost Woods’, containing many of the survival and exploration mechanics that players will encounter in the title’s first full episode. The developer reasoned that this Beta-testing stage will be open to everyone that backed enough to secure a digital copy of Kôna so as to give it as much feedback as possible.
As for the first full episode, Parabole is currently targeting a September 2015 release. That’s brought forward from the initial October – November window that was announced for the delay. Four episodes are planned in total, although the further releases are yet to be detailed.
Set in 1970, Kôna casts players as a war veteran turned private detective named Carl Faubert. Faubert is hired by a rich industrialist named W. Hamilton to look into vandalism carried out on his summer home in Northern Quebec, Canada. However, as Faubert arrives on the scene he finds that the entire area is deserted. Players will investigate the disappearance of the local community, exploring the area, uncovering clues and driving vehicles. The title aims to force players into solving its puzzles without much in the way of help from the developer itself.
Kôna will launch with full support for the Oculus Rift. A PlayStation 4 version with support for Project Morpheus is also said to be likely.