A new game is out for the Oculus Rift. But don’t run off to Oculus Home to grab it; iOmoon can only be picked up through Steam.
Headtrip Games’ long-anticipated VR exploration title has been in development for over two years now, pre-dating many of the games that have since launched on either the Rift or the HTC Vive. Despite this, the first-person adventure is only available in Early Access form right now for $19.99. In it, players will take control of a drone and journey across the surface the Jupiter moon of Io, discovering meticulously crafted environments and trying to survive against the harsh atmosphere.
iOmoon comes from the mind Drew Medina, a former member of Rockstar Games that worked on the likes of Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto 5. He left the famed studio after completing work on the latter project to build Headtrip Games, with iOmoon already in mind as the first project. He wanted to create a world with varied landscapes and amazing life forms to find. We’re yet to play the game ourselves but screenshots certainly suggest that he’s on the right path.
In its pre-release form, iOmoon features “the bulk” of the main map that players can explore, including all major areas. The reason for the game’s unfinished launch is simple: Headtrip Games needs more money. By putting the title up for sale the studio hopes to be able to hire more talent to work on the game and bring it to completion in around six to eight months’ time. The studio hopes that the full version could bring entirely new areas with new missions and life forms to discover.
The early release also means that iOmoon isn’t actually available on Oculus Home itself yet, either. Instead, fans will have to opt in to allow additional content on their Oculus Rifts to access it. Support for the HTC Vive is also planned, though there’s no timeframe for when it could arrive. Right now the game is a seated/standing experience that uses the gamepad, but there’s hope that support for the SteamVR HMD could change that.