Island 359 Leaves Early Access, Launch Trailer Released

CloudGate Studio announced last week that Island 359 would be leaving Early Access and bringing with it a new survival mode in the virtual reality (VR) dinosaur packed survival experience.

Island 359

The title has been in Early Access since August, 2016, receiving continuous updates and support from the developer, CloudGate Studio since then. In the full release, players can expect a more polished experience with bugs sure to have been fixed across the board. The new survival mode will put a players skills to the test as they have to survive on a jungle island, six square miles in size, which is packed with dinosaurs who are hungry for something to eat. Starting with next to nothing players will need to venture into the island depths in order to find supplies, find a safe place to camp and of course a means to fight off the likes of raptors, T-Rex’s and other dangerous dinosaurs.


One of the features included in a past update to Island 359 was the inclusion of full body tracking. This allows a player to not only get a more immersive experience but also now see their virtual self by switching to a third-person perspective and following their virtual avatar. Depending on the tracking setup a player has, the results may vary but you can see a demonstration of the full body tracking in more detail here. Both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift users will be able to use the virtual self feature and the Vive Trackers will allow for even better body tracking for HTC Vive users.

VRFocus’ previewed Island 359 saying: “In its present state you might have thought Island 359 was a fully fledged experience, but Cloudgate Studio still have a few bugs to solve, tweaks to add and some other tricks. Even so, Island 359 is shaping up to be one of the best first-person shooters (FPS) available on any headset.”

Island 359

Island 359 is now out of Early Access and has support for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch. You can see the launch trailer for yourself below before dropping in to try and survive.

For more on Island 359 in the future, keep reading VRFocus.