There are a handful of developers that committed to virtual reality (VR) back in the early, early days of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), as its Kickstarter crowd-funding victory was deemed a historic success. One such developer is Cyan, the studio behind 1993’s Myst which itself is a seminal adventure title that’s influence can be seen in many of today’s upcoming VR experiences. Back in 2013, the team confirmed that its latest title, a crowd-funded spiritual successor to Myst named Obduction, would be coming to the Oculus Rift. Recently, Obduction has received a release window.
As a new trailer seen below reveals, the project will be releasing in June 2016. It also showcases the title’s incredible visuals, which are surely among the best yet seen in a VR-compatible title. VR fans should take note, however, that this first release won’t feature the promised VR support. Instead, Cyan plans to implement that support later down the line. According to comments made by the studio’s Chris Doyle a number of months ago, the title should also be supporting the HTC Vive along with the Oculus Rift, but this integration will be added later down the line.
As with Myst, then, Cyan is a first-person exploration experience. While the title supports free movement, it also harkens back to the original title with a node-based navigation system in which players move from point to point, only now with a full 360 degree video of their surroundings at each location. Doyle even pointed out that this option is ideal for VR comfort, especially to those that suffer from strong simulation sickness.
Stay tuned to VRFocus for more on Obduction.