One of the most exciting aspects of Oculus VR’s 2015 Mobile VR Jam, now in its second week, is discovering new developers working on new virtual reality (VR) projects. Papercut is one such developer. The team is working on a unique entry for the jam named Barren. The first video for the project can currently be seen below.
As the name suggests, Barren starts out on a desolate, harsh planet. Players are tasked with helping bring said planet to self-sustaining life, restoring colour to its landscapes and nurturing environments. A small glimpse at the title’s gameplay reveals users placing trees and other items anywhere they see fit, incorporating Gear VR’s head-tracking technology as a means of selecting objects and determining where to place them. Another section reveals a wider look at the planet itself in a solar system, with players able to quickly navigate around it.
Papercut’s aim is to create a unique experience that utilises the full potential of VR, providing players with the freedom to create their own worlds. It’s not clear exactly what challenges players will face as they try to flourish their planet, though the developer notes that players must ‘balance the needs of the planet against your own needs’ in order to survive.
As with all other Mobile VR Jam entries, Barren recently passed its first milestone in which Papercut shared its pitch to Oculus VR. Next week will see the studio start submitting screenshots to the competition, with video footage expected the week after and a final build to be handed over by 11th May 2015. The winner of the videogame category of the jam will be awarded $200,000 USD. Cash prizes of $100,000, $50,000 and $10,000 are also available for respective runner-ups.
VRFocus will continue to follow Barren and all other Mobile VR Jam entrants, reporting back with the latest updates on them.