It would be impossible to count the number of virtual bullets that have been fired over the course of the past few decades in which videogames have existed. The Call of Duty series alone would be responsible for a few trillion. Most of these have been fired without a second thought but in DRIFT, one of the entries into Oculus’ Mobile VR Jam, players are cast as a bullet itself. The title has been announced as one of the finalists in the videogame track of the competition, being developed for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD).
Developed by Ferdinand Dervieux and Aby Batti, DRIFT boasts an art style that isn’t far off of one of VR’s other unique shooter experiences, SUPERHOT. Players will steer themselves through a winding environment of enemies in a four-storey building, searching for the right target, who will be illuminated in green. The bullet’s path is controlled using the Gear VR’s head-tracking technology. A high scoring system also features based on the amount of time it takes users to locate their targets. A video of the title in action can be seen below.
Those interested in DRIFT can head to an official submission page to download the APK and try the VR Jam build for themselves. The title is currently being judged alongside over 60 other entries by a panel that includes the likes of Oculus’ Palmer Luckey and John Carmack. The grand prize in the videogame category offers $200,000 USD while runner-up awards include $100,000, $50,000, and $10,000. A community voted prize of $10,000 is also on offer.
VRFocus will continue to follow DRIFT closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.