‘Weightless’ Coming Soon for Oculus Rift
Last week, voting polls were declared open and submissions were invited for Leap Motion’s video game jam. This was a development competition where the creators were asked to develop games that used Leap Motion’s hand tracking controller and Oculus Rift’s virtual reality headset.
A game by the name of ‘Weightless’ was entered into Leap Motion’s video game jam competition, developed by indie developer Martin Schubert. Weightless is a game designed to let the player feel a ‘unique, zero gravity experience’ in virtual reality. At the moment, only a demo version of the game has been released but Schubert hopes to release a full video game by the next year.
To let players interact with objects in a zero gravity environment, Weightless makes the use of Oculus Rift’s virtual reality headset and Leap Motion’s controllers. The second development kit by Oculus Rift (DK2) is fully compatible with Weightless. Players can interact with the space station using their hands and can release small items in the room. They can push around these items, play with them and even jump around themselves in the room. A control panel has been built into Weightless that allows players to switch to music that has been composed by Chris Zabriskie. The details of what will be included in the full version of the game are yet to be released by the developer. Fans will just have to wait and see what else is in store for them regarding Weightless.
If fans are in possession of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headgear and the controller by Leap Motion, then they can download the demo version of Weightless. It is available on the contest submission 3D jam page (link given below in references). After using the demo, fans can vote on how good or bad they found the experience until the last date i.e. 16th December 2014. These votes are vitally important to send Weightless to the final list of entries – which includes 20 finalists. The list of final entrants will be announced on 20th December 2014, while the winner of the entire competition will be announced on the 15th of January, 2015. The grand prize includes $30,000 USD (in cash, no less) along with the chance to showcase the game at IndieCast East, which will take place in New York City, from 13th to 15th February 2015. Virtual Reality Times will keep following the progress of Weightless and report back with all major updates.