Updated information on the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) compatible title Windlands has certainly been sporadic from indie developers Ilja Kivikangas and Simo Sainio since the video game completed an IndieGoGo campaign and was Greenlit on Steam back in 2014. Recently though the developers have revealed further information, including a plan to add Oculus Touch support as well as updating the Windlands demo to Oculus’ new 0.7 software development kit (SDK).
The Windlands demo being updated to support Oculus VR’s 0.7 SDK is the major news from the announcement, as other Oculus Rift titles haven’t followed suit. On Windlands Steam page, Kivikangas revealed that lots of testing has been done on various new ideas: “We had a lot of ideas for potential gameplay mechanics and level ideas, so all of those needed to be tested. Just because it sounded cool in our heads didn’t always mean it would feel awesome in VR – some things felt tedious and broke the game rhythm unnecessarily, some had very high risk of causing nausea and some just felt like extra clutter next to the core gameplay. Many ideas ended up being cut after they were found not to be that much fun.”
Kivikangas also mentions some good news for backers of the videogame: “Right now the plan is to publish the game with the first two levels, by the time Oculus Rift CV1 launches, and add more levels and content as updates later. These updates will naturally be free to the backers and anyone who has bought the game.”
VRFocus will continue to follow all the latest news and announcements on Windlands as details are released.