Virtual reality (VR) fans that have followed the technology for the past few years may well have heard of Irrational Exuberance, an experimental VR title from indie developer Buffalo Vision that was included in an LA Game Space Kickstarter campaign some years ago. The piece started life as a project for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), having been developed on the tech’s first development kit (DK1) back in 2013. Two years later and the Oculus Rift is far from the only HMD preparing to launch for consumers. Valve has also revealed the HTC Vive, and Buffalo Vision has now confirmed that its title will be transition from the Oculus Rift to this new HMD.
The studio has confirmed as much to Polygon. Irrational Exuberance is described as a ‘surreal odyssey’ in which players will travel through deep space. Set on a lonely asteroid, players will investigate the area, uncovering a ‘mysterious phenomenon. The title will be taking full advantage of the SteamVR system found in the HMD. This includes the Room Scale tracking provided by the Lighthouse laser based tracker, allowing users to move in an area of up to 15 feet by 15 feet and have those movements replicated in-game.
Buffalo Vision was one of the lucky developers to be able to experience Valve’s VR Room demo at the Steam Dev Days conference back in January 2014. This alone was enough to convince the studio on the future of VR, and prompted the transition from Oculus Rift to HTC Vive later on. The title’s new demo was developed using funding granted by WEVR, the studio that’s working on TheBluVR: Encounter for the HMD. Buffalo Vision’s Ben Vance helped with work on that project and is now seeking alternative means of funding his project.
VRFocus will continue to follow Irrational Exuberance closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.