If you’ve been following VRFocus over the past year and a half you’ll have likely heard of Glitchspace, an intriguing virtual reality (VR) compatible puzzle title from indie developer Space Budgie. This first-person experience has been available via Steam Early Access since January 2014 with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and more recently updated that support to include the second development kit (DK2). Today, however, Space Budgie is launching what looks to be the biggest update to Glitchspace yet in Alpha 2.0, which saw the developer restart the project ‘from scratch’.
A trailer for the latest version of Glitchspace, can be seen below. In the clip’s own words, the title has been revamped, rebooted and reloaded with an impressive new visual style, new levels and more. The core gameplay, in which players use a menu to manipulate pathways and help them progress, is still intact but the studio has noted that it has iterated upon the original version. This has been done in order to bring the title in line with the developer’s original ambitions, providing a programming experience through gameplay.
Interestingly, the original version of the title is still intact with a ‘Legacy Mode’, allowing players to see how Glitchspace started out.
VRFocus has also confirmed with Space Budgie that the title still retains its Oculus Rift support. This is a feature that’s been up in the air for a lot of developers recently as Oculus VR released its software development kit (SDK) 0.7, removing support for titles the hadn’t yet updated to at least SDK 0.6. Videogames such as Elite: Dangerous and Time Rifters have since dropped their support for the device as a result. It remains to be seen if Space Budgie and other developers will keep up to date with the next iterations of the SDK.
VRFocus will continue to follow Glitchspace closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.