When the first Innovator’s Edition for the Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) launched in late 2014, it did so along with co-creator Oculus VR’s first ever internally developed videogame, HeroBound: First Steps. The title was one of the many free demos that was made available at the kit’s launch, though its future was unclear. Oculus VR’s Head of Mobile Max Cohen had suggested to VRFocus that the videogame could take ‘second or third steps’ in the future, and it looks like it will soon do just that.
Cohen has confirmed that a new, ‘full’ version of HeroBound, seemingly not including the ‘First Steps’ subheading, is on the way. He did so in passing when commenting on the recently-announced release date for the new version of Gear VR, which works with Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge handsets. “The beautiful screen really makes VR worlds pop, whether you’re playing a game like a new, full version of Herobound, watching streaming movies in Oculus Cinema, or seeing amazing vistas in high-quality photos and videos that convince your brain into thinking you’re there,” Cohen said.
HeroBound: First Steps is a third-person dungeon crawler in which players wield weapons such as swords. Speaking to VRFocus at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Cohen noted that the title could see new dungeons added in the future. “It is called First Steps, so that’s something you could think about, yeah,” he said. “Maybe there’s other dungeons that could be unlocked? I mean you’re asking about DLC, basically, an IPA, in-app purchases, right? And could we expanded HeroBound that way? The answer is we could. Will we? I’m honestly not entirely sure. I will tell you that we have a lot of good plans for HeroBound.”
A date for the new version of HeroBound: First Steps wasn’t revealed, though the Gear VR for S6 will be available from 8th May. VRFocus will continue to follow the title closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.