The Town of Light Dev: VR Support at Launch Depends on Oculus’ Timeframe

Yesterday VRFocus delivered impressions on a promising upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible videogame named The Town of Light. Developed by Spanish studio LKA, the title allows players to explore a real, disused mental asylum that was closed in 1978. Support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) is included in the first-person experience, though entirely optional. To that end, the developer is yet to decide whether or not its title will actually launch with support, and for good reason.

The Town of Light screenshot

VRFocus asked The Town of Light Creative Director Luca Dalcò about this back at Gamescom 2015. He revealed that, while VR support will definitely reach the full title, LKA might wait for the launch of the consumer Oculus Rift. “It’s something that is still in discussion and it also kind of depends on the official Oculus release and see how the 2 dates go together,” he said in an interview that will be published in full later this week. “So the idea is adding the VR when the VR is ready and when, of course, the market is ready. So it’s already there, it’s just making a call.”

Currently LKA is hoping to launch The Town of Light towards the end of 2015. As VR fans will know, Oculus VR has put a wide Q1 2016 release date on the consumer version of the Oculus Rift at this point in time. Should the final date be closer to the start of that window than the end of it then it might be wiser for the team to hold off on including VR support until the full kit is available.

VRFocus will continue to follow The Town of Light closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.