In December VRFocus reported on Swedish studio Quixel announcing a virtual reality (VR) space survival experience for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift called Homebound. Date for release this year, the developer has now confirmed a launch date and released a brand new trailer for the project.
Homebound is an intense experience where players will find themselves in space about to go through an astronauts worst nightmare, crashing into the Earth. A series of catastrophic events unfold leading to the ship they’re on hurtling out of control, reentering the atmosphere, and its up to them to make it back in one piece.
Alongside HTC Vive and Oculus Rift support, Quixel has added motion controller/gamepad and mouse+keyboard support to suit any players needs. Homebound will feature three distinct environments for players to experience, deep space, Earth’s atmosphere and hurtling across the Earth. As well as the intense gameplay, a much more casual freeroam mode has been added enabling the richly detailed environments to be explored at leisure.
Homebound is a new avenue for Quixel, originally created as demo to showcase its cutting-edge computer graphics technology, having worked on AAA game franchises such as Battlefield, Destiny, Halo, Doom, StarCraft and Dark Souls. The art style took shape with inspiration from real-life environments, particularly the in-game spacecraft, which was heavily inspired by SpaceX’s Dragon module and the International Space Station.