Last month when we broke the news about Island 359, the latest game from some of the folks behind The Brookhaven Experiment‘s original demo, we weren’t allowed to show any actual gameplay of it in action. Today, the team at CloudGate is pulling the curtain back on their dinosaur hunting VR game coming this summer to HTC Vive. You can see the trailer at the top of this article.
You’ll notice a few things in the short gameplay teaser that you probably haven’t seen much in many other VR games. First and foremost is the unique “sprint” movement system, which was most recently popularized in the excellent, and recent, Early Access release, Raw Data. Instead of pointing and teleporting somewhere, or blinking, the game simulates a sense of movement by having you quickly progress from one point to another. The quick movements, as opposed to slow walking, is able to avoid the VR sickness issues that plague other games. Eagle Flight utilizes a similar mechanic.
In the big reveal feature we published early last month, we talked to the team at CloudGate, who discussed the various game modes, items, and types of dinosaurs that will be on display when Island 359 finally releases. Through email correspondence, they’ve revealed the following:
“Launching on Vive Early Access this summer, Island 359 immerses you in an intense and thrilling experience that has you fighting for your life. Dropped off on an island alone by way of helicopter, you have one mission: kill as many dinosaurs as possible, and then make your way safely off the island to collect your bounty.
Although you’re a trained mercenary with weapons and tools, the vicious dinosaurs are fighting for survival just as much as you are. Sprinting and hiding to outwit the dinosaurs, you’ll explore the expansive island in total isolation, and unsure of what’s around the corner.”
The Early Access release will include the “full mercenary mode” which should provide a large amount of content, as well as “at least three varieties of dinosaurs,” according to email correspondence.
We don’t have an exact date quite yet, but if you’re tired of shooting zombies and robots, then Island 359 might be your answer.