Virtual reality (VR) technology is paving the way for entirely new types of videogames that immerse and engage players like never before, using the unique mechanics of a head-mounted display (HMD) to pull off experiences that weren’t previously possible. This week has seen Prior Games launch a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a new title that might not depend on VR, but certainly sounds as if it could be one of the most unique experiences yet seen on the Oculus Rift. That title is Verona.
Verona is described by its developer as a sci-fi action adventure that’s inspired by William Shakespeare’s all-time classic, Romeo and Juliet, as well as Joss Whedon’s beloved TV series, Firefly. It takes the form of a third-person shooter. Set in a distant future in which the Sun is falling towards the Earth, Verona depicts a world in which mankind has largely abandoned its home planet, with richer humans leaving for colonies in space. Players are cast as an Extractor, one of a group that scavenges what remains of Earth for money.
Prior Games intends to launch Verona in seasons, with the first containing 5 episodes that last anywhere between 45 – 60 minutes of single player content.
Verona‘s Kickstarter goal is set at $375,000 USD, which it hopes to raise in order to prove interest to investors. Oculus Rift support, however, is locked behind a $650,000 stretch goal, with support for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles also listed at $750,000. Those interested in the project can secure a digital copy of the first season by pledging $15. Prior Games currently estimates a December 2016 release for the project if it proves to be successful.
VRFocus will continue to follow Verona closely, reporting back with any further VR-related updates on the title.