Sayonara Umihara Kawase Now Supports HTC Vive

    Virtual reality (VR) is attracting all sorts of developers from around the world as studios look to adapt existing franchises. Today Degica Games has announced that its puzzle/platformer Sayonara Umihara Kawase now comes with support for the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD).

    Sayonara Umihara Kawase is part of the Umihara Kawase Trilogy on Steam, but its only the one videogame that currently offers VR functionality through this free update.

    If you’ve not heard of the trilogy before the three titles follow the adventures of Umihara Kawase, a girl who uses a fishing hook as a grappling hook. With this one item players must swing their way through surreal environments which feature various routes and lots of traps along the way. Navigate past fish-like enemies, conveyor belts, spikes, watery pits and time travel, as you try to reach the end.

    The levels are timed so you’ll need to have quick reflexes as the pressure mounts. But you’ll also need to keep an eye out for shortcuts, secret exits and bonus levels, hinging on the best use of the fishing line. This can be tightened or let out enabling players to reach seemingly unreachable locations.

    With HTC Vive support for Sayonara Umihara Kawase gamers will be able to play the title as a seated experience or in full Room Scale, depending on what they prefer. Sayonara Umihara Kawase is available on Steam for £10.99 GBP or you can purchase the entire trilogy for £22.99. Degica Games hasn’t announced if it’ll be expanding VR support to the other two titles in the series yet.

    Both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift HMDs have been largely dominated by western content releases, but with both devices now available across most parts of the world more diverse content is beginning to come through.

    As new content arrives VRFocus will report back with the latest releases.