Indie developer Proton Studios was one of the few developers that released a full virtual reality (VR) compatible videogame back in 2014. The studio launched Time Rifters last October with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). However Proton Studios have announced on their Steam page that the title will not be updated to the new Oculus SDK 0.7.
In the update Proton said: “Unfortunately it looks like Time Rifters will only be for DK2 users – pre Runtime 0.7.”
“Upgrading the game to work with SDK 0.7 requires Unity 5. Unity 5 doesn’t currently support the lighting techniques we used in Time Rifters (light probes with additive scene loading) so we’d basically have to remake the whole game just to use Unity 5.”
“We did spend some time trying to get it to work with the 0.6 SDK but ran into several issues there as well, the biggest one being that our video card is no longer compatible with the Rift, which means no testing.”
“The Steam store has been updated to reflect this change. We’ve enjoyed developing for Virtual Reality and will consider including VR as an option for our future projects.”
So any fans of Time Rifters who have updated their software to the new SDK 0.7 will no longer be able to play Protons award winning title. And could this be the first of many VR videogames that aren’t able to transition to the new SDK? Hopefully not but the next few months will tell as further versions are released before the consumer Oculus Rift is launched next year.
VRFocus will continue to monitor the progress of other studios as they update their software and report back.