Google’s Android Experiments website has published a new experience for owners of the Google Daydream head-mounted display (HMD) which is positively out of this world.
Exo, an application created by Los Angeles based developers Hook Studio using the Daydream technical preview version of the Unity development engine is available on both Google Play and in code form via Github. And sees users controlling a futuristic looking drone. Flying around on four anti-gravity hover pads over a particularly rocky alien planet. It is up to you to control and use it to discover what is going on in the outside world and use it to interact with alien technologies and other elements as you sit in the relative safety of the mothership.
“Exo was born out of a series of prototypes that we did on a makeshift Daydream dev kit, exploring possible uses of the controller’s unique rotational tracking and touchpad interface.” Explains the studio on the game’s product page. “One of our early test flight mechanics directly translated the controller’s orientation to the drone’s orientation with a simple uni-directional thrusting mechanism. This turned out to be both engaging and challenging for the player. The rest of experience was built around that basic control concept which is not possible on other mobile VR platforms.”
Free to download, you can find screenshots and a video preview for the game below. VRFocus will continue to bring you news and updates relating to the Google Daydream as we get them