Virtual reality (VR) technology is yet to see a full consumer release and yet is already no stranger to awards ceremonies. Oculus VR has swept up prizes for its Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) over the past few years, with key personnel also being recognised by various organisations. VR is again set to have a big presence at the 2015 Develop Industry Excellence awards, with Oculus VR once more nominated along with a number of other VR compatible videogames and studios that are currently working with the technology.
Oculus VR itself is listed in the ‘Technology Provider’ category, finding itself up against the likes of Nvidia, Intel and ARM. Popular VR compatible space simulation experience Elite: Dangerous from Frontier Developments also has two nominations, one being for ‘Visual Arts’ and the other for ‘Audio Accomplishment. Each of these categories also features Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation, which has been shown with Oculus Rift support although is yet to officially incorporate it into the retail version of the title. Alien: Isolation is also up for ‘Use of a Licence or IP’.
Elsewhere, Guerrilla Tea, a studio that recently pledged to give some ‘rightful attention‘ to VR, is nominated in ‘Micro Studio’ and Team Junkfish, the developer behind procedurally generated horror experience Monstrum finds itself in the ‘New Studio’ track along with Cybercook developer Starship. Popular VR compatible engines Unreal Engine 4, CryEngine and Unity 5 are also in the running for the ‘Engine’ category. Last up is another title that’s been showcased with VR support but yet to officially include it in Techland’s Dying Light, which finds itself in the ‘New Games IP – PC/console’ track.
The develop awards themselves will take place on 15th July at the Brighton Hilton Metropole in Brighton, UK. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR related news, reporting back with the latest updates on the technology.