With the commerce version of the Oculus VR Store now available for US owners of the Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), studios are slowly starting to release premium content for the device. This week sees the full launch of Viral, the first VR project from UK-based indie developer, Fierce Kaiju. Those that already own a Gear VR will know that the demo for Viral, labelled Viral Lite, has been available on the device since its launch back in December 2014.
Viral casts players as Ragnorok, an anti-virus system that eliminates threats of infection found in a computer system known as E.V.E. (Emotional Virtual Engine). Players face off against these viruses in physics-based first-person gameplay in which they target enemies that appear as red and green humanoids and fire blue bullets at them. Challenges increase in difficulty as players progress, with boss characters and more featuring, though players will be able to earn powers ups and use the environment to aid them in their struggle.
Those that downloaded Viral Lite before the full title’s launch will have free access to Viral. For everyone else, the videogame is priced at $4.99 USD. Details for a release in other territories should arrive soon, though it’s obviously on Oculus VR itself to announce when the commerce store will be making its way to other regions. VRFocus will continue to follow Viral‘s progress, reporting back with the latest updates on the videogame.