After months of slow and steady episodic releases on Steam Early Access, virtual reality (VR) compatible videogame The Solus Project has now left early access. Developed by Hourences in collaboration with Grip Games and published by Teotl Studios, the title supports both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs).
The Solus Project is a single player adventure, likely one of the largest available for current HMDs with over 12 hours of gameplay. The story unfolds on the planet Gliese-6143-C. You play a survivor stranded on a strange deserted alien planet having been sent there by the last remnants of mankind, looking for a new world to call home after Earth is destroyed. Approaching the planet disaster strikes your spaceship, crashing to the surface. With your crew dead you must survive the harsh, volatile environment anyway you can. While the planet is seemingly empty, you’ll be confronted with merciless weather, as you try to unravel the deep secrets hidden under the surface.
While The Solus Project does support VR it hasn’t been specifically designed for it. The developers do note: “TSP is not a pure VR game. It was designed for non-VR gameplay and thus a VR headset is in no way required to play the game. If you do have one, it is an awesome (but different) experience! VR is work in progress – Currently not implemented: VR Loading screens, VR Inventory menu, VR in-game tutorial system. VR additional movement options are being developed. Everything else works solidly.”
But the title does support the Xbox controller for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive’s motion-tracked controllers. The development team has also been carefully to add as many movement options as possible to reduce the occurrence of simulator sickness. So players can choose blink movement, regular locomotion walking, and teleporting with movement speed freely adjustable to suit.
As an added bonus there are two purchase options available for The Solus Project. The standard version is £14.99 GBP, while a bundle pack featuring The Ball for £17.58 is also available. The Ball is the predecessor to The Solus Project revealing how mankind discovered Gliese-6143-C, but it isn’t VR compatible.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of The Solus Project, reporting back with any new updates.