Steam Greenlight has proved to be a useful service for indie developers working on the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) over the past year. Those working with one of the development kits for the device have been able to post the beginnings of their projects onto the service, which allows the community to vote for titles that can be sold on the full Steam store. This allows them to have a spot on the store guaranteed for when their full launch comes along with the release of the consumer Oculus Rift. VR survival horror title Allison Road is the latest to enjoy this situation.
Allison Road has passed its campaign in less than 48 hours. The first-person title is being developed in Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 with full support for the Oculus Rift. Players are cast as an unnamed protagonist that wakes up in a mysterious house with no memory. This character then tries to find out more about themselves in an attempt to locate their family and face the dark entities roaming the house such as one named Lily. The developer describes the title as a mix of old-school survival horror, adventure videogame mechanics and next-generation graphics.
The studio working on the title originally consisted of just one person, but has now grown to a team of six. “Thank you all who voted for us, all the people who helped spread the word!!” the developer wrote on its Facebook page following the Greenlight’s success. “You are beyond amazing and none of this would be possible without you.” The studio hasn’t yet commented on the possibility of Allison Road coming to other HMDs such as the HTC Vive or a port to PlayStation 4 with support for the Project Morpheus kit.
Allison Road is aiming for a release in Q3 2016, which is well after the Q1 release of the Oculus Rift itself. VRFocus will continue to follow the title, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.