Virtual reality (VR) allows players to become the heroes of their own stories, but that means that they can also become the villains. Indie developer Meerkat Gaming is exploring this to a certain degree with a brand new burglary simulation title named Klepto. The videogame is currently running an IndieGoGo crowd-funding effort, looking for $2,500 USD in order to help the studio develop the project. A Steam Greenlight campaign is also running in order to bring the title to Valve’s digital store upon full release.
Developed using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, Klepto is a first-person experience that features sandbox neighbourhoods that players can sneak through. Using different tools, disguises and hacking methods, players will be able to break into houses and steal items either in a single-player campaign or by cooperating with or competing against friends online. Throughout the campaign players will progress through 3 tiers: Amateur, Expert and Professional, each of which will unlock new abilities and techniques for them to master.
Meerkat Gaming plans to support both the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and SteamVR systems such as the HTC Vive with Klepto. The IndieGoGo’s campaign has just over a week to go before its closure and still has around $2,200 to go to reach its goal, though Flexible Funding will ensure the studio does get whatever money is pledged towards it. Those interested in the experience can pledge $15 to secure access to the pre-release version of the title, which is expected to include both Amatuer and Expert gameplay.
VRFocus will continue to follow Klepto closely, reporting back with any further updates on the title.