Over the course of the past month German developer ROCKFISH Games has been running a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a virtual reality (VR) space simulation videogame named EVERSPACE. Its fund raising efforts have been hugely successful, nearly doubling its initial goal and reaching some €420,252 EUR, with several stretch goals passed. Support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) has been assured from the start, however, and recently the developer has released a video that previews that support.
Said video can currently be seen below. It shows ROCKFISH Games testing out EVERSPACE using the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2), using features such as the kit’s positional tracking. Of course, by the time the title releases in late 2016, the consumer version of the device will be available, so VR fans can expect to play it on that.
There’s also a healthy amount of fresh gameplay footage from the title, showcasing its impressive visuals that are made possible with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4. The gameplay is taken from an attack on a pirate outpost, which is one of the many objectives players will encounter during the course of the title’s single-player campaign.
Unlike other VR space simulation titles such as EVE: Valkyrie, EVERSPACE places a firm emphasis on its single-player portion over any kind of multiplayer offering. The title is a rougelike experience that features multiple paths throughout its campaign. It is currently estimated for a full release in October 2016 on PC. Sadly, stretch goals for console versions of the videogame were not reached, making their release look unlikely at this point in time.
ROCKFISH Games is yet to reveal if EVERSPACE could support VR HMDs outside of the Oculus Rift such as the HTC Vive. VRFocus will continue to follow the title closely, reporting back with the latest updates on it.