Indie developer VR Bits has had a busy year. While continuing work on its crowd-funded virtual reality (VR) space shooter, Darkfield, the studio has also created and released a new experience named Nighttime Terror and even started work on its sequel, Nighttime Terror 2. On top of all of that, VR Bits helped develop the recently revealed Cloudstep, a new VR locomotion system, in partnership with Iris VR, the studio behind Technolust. As if all of this wasn’t enough, the team has now announced a brand new title for the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD) in G.T.F.O. – Gravitational Testing Facility and Observations.
The first gameplay footage of this unique experience can currently be seen below. Set in the titular facility, this is a first-person title in which players can use the HTC Vive’s position-tracked controllers – provided by Valve’s SteamVR system – to manipulate a wide range of objects using special items that feature altered gravity. These include panels that can move objects in certain directions and other instruments that will slingshot them across the environment. Players will have to use this equipment to direct the right objects into the right containers.
Once players have set up a course in which all objects find their way into the right containers they can enter production mode and watch the process carry out. A computer system provides Portal-style narration to the player as they progress. VR Bits hasn’t yet confirmed if the title could also come to the Oculus Rift HMD using the kit’s own position-tracked controllers, Oculus Touch, or PlayStation VR on PlayStation 4, again utilising the PlayStation Move controllers. Possible release information for the experience is also yet to be shared, although the HTC Vive itself is set for a limited launch towards the end of 2015.
VRFocus will continue to follow G.T.F.O. – Gravitational Testing Facility and Observations closely, reporting back with the latest updates on the title.