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SUPERHOT Beta Launches

Last year saw a group of Polish developers run an incredibly successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a new virtual reality (VR) first-person shooter (FPS) known as SUPERHOT. The team had asked for $100,000 USD but ended up raising some $250,798 to bring the title to PC with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Just over a year on from that campaign’s closure and the studio has launched the first Beta for the experience, which is exclusive to those that backed a certain amount of money in the campaign.

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“Thank you one more time for your awesome support and trust, for spreading the word of SUPERHOT and for all the love we got from you!” the developer wrote in a recent update announcing the Beta’s release. “This is a great day for us, and I hope it will be a great day for you too, once you find the SUPERHOT beta steam-key in your email inbox and activate it in the steam app!

“Take your time and enjoy it! And once you’re done, let us know if you liked it! Either by sending us an email, tweeting or on the secret backer forum. Also, feel free to post screenshots / videos of the beta if you’d like to, we’re cool with that.”

It’s not clear if the Beta itself supports VR at this point, though SUPERHOT itself has featured at Oculus VR’s own booths at a number of industry events over the past year. The stylish shooter boasts a key mechanic in which time moves only when the player does. When they stop walking, time freezes and bullets stop, allowing the player to carefully weave a path through danger and eliminate all enemies in the environment.

A release date for the full version of SUPERHOT is yet to be announced, although the title is also on its way to the Xbox One. It’s yet to be announced if it could also come to PlayStation 4 with support for the Project Morpheus HMD.

VRFocus will continue to follow SUPERHOT closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.