The latest updates for CloudGate Studios’ Island 359 make some welcome additions for players both new and old.
Update 0.5’s biggest addition is a new tutorial mode. That might not sound mind-blowing at first but the new mission actually does a great job of introducing you to the basics of the game in a fun, structured sequence with some great moments to it. The developers told UploadVR that they knew players could get bored with its original tutorial structure and thus tried to apply a more “AAA methodology” to the game’s introduction.
You can check out a few minutes of gameplay from the tutorial below. As you play you’ll even find some of the new mechanics in the tutorial, like being able to search vehicles for extra supplies.
That’s not all that’s new, though. The game’s got a revamped base camp area with a ton of new features.
For starters, there are now storage lockers for the game’s Mercenary Mode, which allow you to keep any weapons or items you pick up on missions for later use. There’s a bit of a risk factor to it, though; stash a great weapon but then die when using it later on and you’ll lose it forever. That gives the game a bit of an extra kick. You’ll also be able to spend credits earned in missions at a new store offering upgrades like better weapons and backpacks with more storage slots.
Finally, CloudGate has added a seated mode to the play options, allowing players to adjust their height should they prefer to sit or are in a wheelchair.
There’s plenty of great new updates for Island 359, then, though the game remains in Early Access for now. More than anything, we’re looking forward to finally playing the full game with Vive Trackers enabling full-body tracking. It lets you kick dinosaurs in the face.