Former Halo, Destiny Devs Form Endeavor One, First VR Title Arriving This Week
There a number of videogame developers that virtual reality (VR) fans would love to see working with the technology. No doubt ranking highly on that list is Bungie, the now-legendary team famous for its work in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre with the Halo franchise and, more recently, Destiny. Of course the studio is currently busy working on new content for the latter series, so it’s unlikely that it will turn its attention to VR any time soon. However, a group of developers from Bungie have recently announced that they have left the team to form a new studio working on VR projects, the first of which is to release this week.
That studio is Endeavor One. The team is specifically looking to push the use of motion technology and locomotion in VR. To that end, Endeavor One has also revealed its first VR videogame, JUMP.
JUMP is described as a first-person jumping puzzle title in which players visit 5 cities in VR. The title’s objective is simple; players need to reach the top of the tallest building in each city by, as the name suggests, jumping. The challenge comes from completing this task in as few jumps as possible. Cities on offer include Philadelphia, Detroit, Seattle, New York City and Tokyo, though the team does plan to add more in the future. Players will also be able to compete on Steam leaderboards.
Those interested in the title won’t have to wait long; JUMP is scheduled to hit Steam on 30th July 2015 for $9.99 USD with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Endeavor One is also working to bring the title to Samsung’s Gear VR mobile HMD at a later date, and has yet more VR projects in the works right now.
VRFocus will continue to follow JUMP and Endeavor One’s work in VR, reporting back with the latest updates from the team.