Virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts may recall summer 2014 when an indie developer named Shinyfish Software launched a new title for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). The videogame, named Neon Jack, was one of the few VR experiences that focused on speed, challenging players to race as fast as possible through a course. Now Shinyfish Software and a team of other developers are returning with a new title for the ongoing 2015 Mobile VR Jam, hosted by Oculus VR and seeking new videogames and experiences for the Gear VR smartphone-based HMD.
The developer has revealed a mysterious project named Serac. A work-in-progress image of the title can be seen above, showing a picturesque view of mountain tops that pierce a layer of clouds. The developer is yet to reveal any further details about the experience, including whether or not it is being submitted to the videogames or apps categories of the VR Jam.
The Mobile VR Jam features a prize pool of $1,000,000 USD spilt across these two different tracks. Software must be developed for the Innovator’s Edition of Gear VR. The winner of the ‘Platinum’ award in the videogame category will secure some $200,000, while ‘Gold’ videogame winners will earn $100,000. The ‘Silver’ prize for videogames is worth $50,000, while ‘Bronze’ offers $10,000. For apps, ‘Platinum’ gets $100,000, ‘Gold’ earns $50,000, ‘Silver’ is worth $30,000 and ‘Bronze’ earns $10,000.
VRFocus will continue to follow all entries into the Mobile VR Jam, reporting back with the latest updates on them.