Virtual reality (VR) videogames could be found around almost every corner of the Koelnmesse convention centre during Gamescom in Cologne, Germany earlier this month. One hall in particular, devoted to international indie developers, was littered with Oculus Rift and Gear VR head-mounted displays (HMDs), with studios showcasing new concepts and fresh ideas. Among these teams was Soulpix, a 3D animation studio that’s taking its first steps into VR videogames with two new projects in Acrophobia and EDEN. Recently, the developer has released the first footage of the latter title, which can now be seen below.
On display for the first time at Gamescom, EDEN is a unique, visually-stunning first-person adventure title in which players control 3 separate characters. The first is a man that finds himself stranded on an alien world, while the second is a robotic dog that serves as his companion and the third is a flying drone. Together the 3 explore this strange environment, using their own specific skill sets to overcome certain obstacles and interacting with the surreal and fantastical wildlife found on the planet’s surface.
Some of that wildlife is on display in this clip, which is taken from the same demo shown at Gamescom, something that the developers stressed was an early build. The desert-like surroundings of the alien planet can be seen in full here, as can a tease of some dinosaur-esque creatures that peacefully roam the land. Using the Oculus Rift, players can approach these creatures and travel alongside them for a period of time, even flying up to their eye-level using the drone.
Footage from Soulpix’s second title, Arcophobia, is yet to surface online but VRFocus will keep you updated when it does. Bound for both Gear VR and Google Cardboard, this experience is a first-person thriller that sees the player battle with vertigo.
VRFocus will have plenty more coverage on EDEN and Arcophobia in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for interviews and hands-on impressions.