Back in March 2015 developer David Whelan passed a Kickstarter crowd-funding effort for his new educational virtual reality (VR) title, The Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience. Whelan managed to raise €36,623 EUR with the help of 1,407 backers, meaning the title will be released on PC with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display around July 2015. For those that missed out on backing the piece, this missing any of the rewards offered by the multiple tiers, Wheland has now launched a pre-sale system.
People can now head over to the Immersive VR Education website to pre-order one of three options. The first, priced at €15, is for Beta access to the title. A €35 ‘Moon Struck’ option will get player’s names placed on a digital plaque that will then be located on the moon inside the experience. Finally, a €150 ‘Moon Walker’ tier will allow players to place a digital image on a creator on the moon. For the last two tiers, the developer will provide directions on where to find the rewards upon release. These options are only available for a limited time.
Whelan has also confirmed that a new version of the private beta for The Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience will be arriving ‘shortly’.
The title incorporates official NASA archive footage and audio to create an experience that aims to educate students with a brand new way to learn about the events of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s landmark mission in 1969. A demo for the title is currently available for the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) and standard monitors on PC, offering a ‘small taste’ of the experience. The developer plans to use the money raised via Kickstarter and pre-sales to ‘recreate the full mission with more detailed models, animated avatars and interactive gameplay.
VRFocus will continue to follow The Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience, reporting back with the latest updates on it.