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Crystal Rift Dev Reveals Vive Jam Title D.E.R.P.

Psytec Games is currently busy fine tuning its anticipated virtual reality (VR) dungeon-crawling videogame, Crystal Rift, for the Oculus Rift, Gear VR and HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs). Support for the latter device was confirmed very recently, although it’s something the developer is clearly excited about working with, integrating Valve’s SteamVR system into the mix. In fact, Psytec Games’ members were some of the many UK-based developers to recently enter into the HTC Vive London Jam earlier this month. Now the team has revealed its entry, D.E.R.P..

D.E.R.P. stands for Destruction Enhancement Research Professionals. As seen in the first footage below, players stand in front of a conveyor belt that constantly channels scrap parts down a line. Using the HTC Vive’s position tracked controllers player must grab these parts and then, depending on their colour, throw them into the correct containers before they reach the fire pit at the end. A score board sits in front of the player as does another sign telling them how much time they have left in a round.

Other items such as a piñata decorate the small environment and can even be hit. The team has released the demo over on Steam for those with HTC Vive dev kits to sample and provide feedback for. It’s not clear if the developer has plans to release a full version of the title once the HTC Vive launches later on in 2015. The same page also reveals the development team to be Jon Hibbins, Nick Pittom, Robert Ramsay, Thiago Craveiro and Jason Storey. Storey is the only member that isn’t also currently working on Crystal Rift.

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