Earlier this year saw UK-based indie developer Sigtrap Games announce the return of the 6-degree-of-freedom shooter genre with its new title, Sublevel Zero. The PC videogame was revealed alongside full support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). It’s been something of a whirlwind ride for the project since then, having been showcased at several major events in the videogame industry calender including Gamescom and PAX Prime. Today the developer is ready to confirm the release date for the full title.
Sublevel Zero will be out for PC and Mac on 8th October 2015, with Linux to follow shortly thereafter. A new trailer, seen below, confirms the news. Speaking with VRFocus, Sigtrap Games confirmed that it is looking to add Oculus Rift support into the title shortly after this launch. This will obviously mean support for the device’s second development kit (DK2). From there, the team will continue to iterate on that support, perfecting it as we head closer towards the launch of the consumer Oculus Rift in the first quarter of 2016. VR will effectively be in beta testing during this stage, then.
Sublevel Zero is a rougelike first-person experience in which players pilot a lone gunship around randomly generated levels set in an underground facility. As they weave through tunnels and caverns players will encounter enemies and gather keys to unlock new paths. Weapons are also randomly generated and gathering upgrades will allow players to combine them to create more powerful tools. The further players progress, the more they will unlock, although the features a permadeath system, where dying will send them back to the start with a new map to explore.
Sigtrap Games has only so far announced support for the Oculus Rift HMD but console support is being considered.
VRFocus will continue to follow all the latest news and announcements on Sublevel Zero as they are released.