While there are plenty of virtual reality (VR) experiences in the works that offer fast-paced driving and engulfing space exploration, many fans are looking forward to something more adventurous. Borealis: Guardians of the Light from indie studio Massive Square may be able to fill that gap. The title has this week launched a Steam Greenlight campaign looking to raise enough positive votes to be approved for sale on Valve’s digital store. Should it prove successful then Borealis: Guardians of the Light will launch with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).
This is a first-person adventure title that, according to the developer, draws on themes of spirituality and combat. Set in a fantasy world, the player’s journey starts when a mysterious meteor hits the land, causing the natural world to die out and give way to evil. Players are cast as Vohlkine, the Guardian from the Wargar tribe that can use powers of light and a blade to fight off enemies. Vohlkine’s task is to make their way to the meteor, using hack-and-slash combat to defeat foes, and then destroy it.
Borealis: Guardians of the Light is planning to launch by the end of 2015. The developer notes that it also intends to bring the title to the HTC Vive upon the kit’s launch, which has also been confirmed for holiday 2015. With that in mind, it could be that the videogame arrives on Valve’s HMD before it does Oculus VR’s, with no release date for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift yet revealed. The Steam Greenlight page also makes mention of possible versions for the Android and iOS operating systems (OS), though it’s unclear if these will support HMDs such as Google Cardboard.
VRFocus will continue to follow Borealis: Guardians of Light closely, reporting back with any further updates from the title.