Today, the HTC Vive YouTube channel released a video in their This is Real series where they go on the ground at Cloudhead Games offices and met with the team. Cloudhead Games is based out of Canada on Vancouver Island which is roughly 200 miles from HTC’s offices in Washington, USA. Parker does a really good job interviewing the gang at Cloudhead Games and each of the members have a really good story to tell about the development of The Gallery.
Call of the Starseed is the first of four episodes the company says they plan to make and in the video they describe some of the challenges they overcame to deliver an experience that was as much of an introduction to VR, but also one that totally immersed the user. They want you to actually feel like you are the hero at the end of this game and that you have a purpose for being in this virtual world.
CG worked really hard to choreograph a storyline to keep you moving through the game. They introduce characters and objects that you get to interact with in order to progress, but at the same time there’s so much to explore and if you want to you can stop and do it. Speaking of moving around, the team came up with an overlay of the original teleportation system for a smooth way of moving beyond your physical play area.
One of the best things about having motion controllers in VR is that you can substitute a movement to act as a button feature. Programming for VR is a whole new challenge, because makes the creator think of ways to implement traditional motions as key elements in the game. The backpack inventory system Cloudhead used was genius! You pull the pack by moving a controller up over your should and then bring it forward.
This game was designed with small to large room scale in mind, but with its teleportation system, really the game can be played from a seated perspective. The tracking will know you’re sitting down, but that won’t interfere with how you play the game. As a note, as soon as we get the Vive we will be playing and testing this game from the different user environments.
While we haven’t played The Gallery yet, we know that it was a top seller on day #1 of the Vive launch and we’ve heard that you can interact with pretty much everything you see in the virtual environment.
The first episode of The Gallery, Call of the Starseed can be purchased on Steam for $29.99.
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