Last week VRFocus published an interview with Minority Media, the developer of Papo & Yo that’s currently working on its first virtual reality (VR) videogame, Time Machine VR. The studio discussed a number of aspects about the title, which hit Steam’s Early Access system back in August 2015 with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Today, however, the developer has confirmed that the project will also be coming to the HTC Vive, and has even revealed the launch window for the upcoming full edition.
Time Machine VR will be launching for both HMDs in April 2016, making it one of the first titles to hit both. A specific date wasn’t announced, although the Oculus Rift will be ‘out’ from 28th March and the HTC Vive starts to ship from 5th April, so expect it to be some time after then. The title casts players as a time traveller that journeys back to prehistoric times to gather data on extinct sea creatures that may hold the key to curing a human plague in the present. A new trailer for the title has also been revealed, and can currently be seen below.
“VR triggers responses from our brains that are as visceral as those we have in real life,” said Minority Media CEO, Vander Caballero. “We can now create a new kind of game that inspires a true sense of wonder in players. Shooting and blowing stuff up is not wonderful in VR; it doesn’t match the thrill of seeing a living dinosaur face-to-face. This is what drove us during the making of Time Machine VR. We want to put people in a world that evokes wonder as much as adrenaline. This is the beginning of a new era for games, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”
The developer will also be showcasing the title at this month’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) from 16th – 18th March. Stay tuned to VRFocus for the latest updates on Time Machine VR.