Cooperative virtual reality (VR) experiences are a fascinating concept, giving two or more players their own screen to meet with others in a virtual world. This has led to some unique co-op VR titles such as Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, in which a pair must work together to diffuse a bomb that only one player can see. SteamCrew VR from indie developers Agharta Studio and Black Muffin Studio is another unique co-op title that has been entered into the ongoing Mobile VR Jam for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD).
SteamCrew VR tasks two players with steering a submarine through the murky depths of the ocean, requiring constant communication in order to make it through areas safely. Both players will be given control over certain functions within the vehicle and must issue each other orders as to how to proceed. The title features a dynamic level generation system ensuring that gameplay will remain varied, and can be controlled without the use of a gamepad. Players will even be able to see their partner moving in real time.
According to the developers the title “is a Steampunk themed, arcade cooperative submarine game focused on giving two players the highest immersion and a maximal amount of opportunities for real-time interactions. Our aim is to offer a strong sense of camaraderie between two physically present players, setting a new level in terms of game presence.”
SteamCrew VR has been entered into the Videogame track of the Mobile VR Jam, which includes a grand prize of $200,000 USD as well as runner up prizes of $100,000, $50,000 and $10,000. There’s also a community-voted prize for a further $10,000. Final entries for the Jam are to be submitted by 11th May 2015, with final winners revealed in early June having been judged by a panel that includes the likes of Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey and John Carmack. Community voting is also scheduled to start next week.
VRFocus will continue to the Mobile VR Jam closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.