Last week VRFocus reported that indie studio Space Bear Development would be launching a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible videogame, Galaxy Heist, on PC and Xbox One. Today marks the launch of that campaign, revealing that the developer is looking to raise £65,000 GBP by 3rd July 2015 to release the title with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and possibly even the Gear VR mobile HMD. A Steam Greenlight campaign has also launched.
Described by its developer as ‘essentially pirates in space’, Galaxy Heist mixes online spaceship combat with first-person shooter (FPS) gameplay. Players are split into teams that are then broken down into four to five player sub teams and placed on flagships. From there they can either defend their own flagship by taking control of one of its turrets or piloting smaller fighters to keep enemies away. Players will also attack the opposition’s ships in an attempt to board them and take control. Matches can either take place against other players or with AI.
Players must first strip enemy flagships of power and then can board them by attaching a tether to it from another large ship. Inside, enemy players will continue to spawn as teams push on. The FPS segments even feature destroyable windows and an oxygen system needed to prevent suffocation. Elsewhere, players will be able to customise their characters and ships, with plans to expand these options currently being made.
It’s important to note that, while Gear VR support is listed on the Kickstarter’s page, Space Bear Development is yet to announce any possible Android support for Galaxy Heist, meaning this could simply be a mistake.
Those interested in Galaxy Heist can currently pledge £15 to secure a copy of the PC version title for its estimated release in July 2016. 1000 copies of the Xbox One version are also available for this price while access to the title’s Beta testing in February 2016 is listed for £20. A number of stretch goals for the videogame are also listed, promising extra features such as a first-person drone fighter and more.
VRFocus will continue to follow Galaxy Heist, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.