With Facebook purchasing Oculus VR for $2 billion USD back in 2014, it’s only a matter of time before virtual reality (VR) transforms social software. Facebook itself is looking to use the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) with spherical photos and videos in the future, but indie developer PixelTail Games is currently investigating using VR with its upcoming online social videogame, Tower Unite. The developer hopes to bring support for both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive to the title, which is currently running a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign.
PixelTail Games is hoping to raise $100,000 by 10th May 2015 in order to release Tower Unite later in the year. This is a multiplayer experience based around an idealistic area in which players can meet and take part in a range of activities. It’s possible to visit arcade machines, gamble in a casino, ride a Ferris Wheel, share videos in a theatre and much more. Players will be given options to customise their appearance as well as edit their own personal space, known as Condos, and even change how they move about the environment.
The title will also act as a hub for players to launch large multiplayer experiences known as ‘Game Worlds’. A total of 10 different Game Worlds are planned for launch. These include ‘Ball Race’ in which players guide a ball through an obstacle course as quickly as possible, ‘Tiny Crusaders’ which sees one team stopping a dragon from destroying a kingdom, a ‘Minigolf’ experience and a go-kart racing title known as ‘Accelerate’. The developer is quick to stress that none of these activities will require microtransactions.
PixelTail Games hopes to launch the full version of Tower Unite by December 2015, with closed beta testing taking place in September 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow the title’s progress, reporting back with the latest updates on it.