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VR Jam Spotlight: Aurae Casts You as a Fragile Butterfly in a Violent Storm

There are a great deal of flight-based simulators already in the works for virtual reality (VR) systems. If developers aren’t putting players in state of the art jets to carry out military operations then they’re whisking them off to space to take part in epic battles. Aurae is a flight-based title that separates itself from the pack right from the start. Instead of armed planes and deadly space craft, this is a title that casts players as a fragile butterfly using the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display.

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Created by a team of four developers for the ongoing Mobile VR Jam, Aurae sees players survive violent storms as the titular butterfly that’s been granted powers over wind and lightning. Players are tasked by Aelous, the ancient Greek god of the winds, to seal a hurricane while avoid a harpy that guards it. The developers hope that players will completely accept the new reality they find themselves in, feeling like they have been taken from a dream into an urgent reality.

“We expect many challenges as we dive into this new VR medium,” the developers note in an official entry page. “3rd person flying mechanics will be a huge one. Targeting the enemy in dogfights and making it intuitive and enjoyable. We welcome the challenge and believe we are going to create an amazing and engrossing experience that you can just pick up and be thrown into another world for thirty minutes or so.”

Aurae is entered into the games track of the Mobile VR Jam, seeking the grand prize of $200,000 USD. Runner up prizes include $100,000, $50,000 and $10,000. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all entries into the Jam, reporting back with the latest updates on them.