Earlier in the year VRFocus reported on the news that UK-based indie developer and creator of Salvaged, Opposable Games, would be reimagining the upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible videogame. The news came following the original vision’s failure to pass a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign back in 2014. Today sees the developer make a big step forward with the new version of the title, as it launches a Steam Greenlight campaign, seeking approval from the community to release the full title on Valve’s digital store. A new trailer for the title can also be seen below.
Salvaged is a strategy title that features full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). In VR, players sit in a command room and order a team of soldiers as they explore the alien-infested wrecks of spaceships in search for resources. Those not using VR can instead utilise a tablet as a second screen to issue orders, and watch them unfold on a PC monitor. The original title featured a ‘run n’ gun’ style of play, but this new version aims to add a much more tactical feel to the proceedings, leading Opposable Games to label it as more of a ‘SWAT-style’ shooter.
The reborn Salvaged will also place a greater emphasis on story, as players are cast as Commander Alex Pieterson. She is aided in her missions by Thaddeus, an AI that may not be entirely trustworthy. Pieterson’s missions will play out in three stages, with the first being a Recon segment for planning, which quickly moves into Breach and Explore stages. Following the campaign’s conclusion an Infinity Mode unlocks in which players have an unlimited amount of time to complete procedurally-generated missions, giving the title replay value.
It’s not yet clear when Salvaged might release, nor if it could possible feature support for other HMDs such as the HTC Vive. VRFocus will continue to follow the title closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.