Independent developers Innervision Games are asking for support on Kickstarter not just to develop a new adventure game, but to help push the medium into the next dimension of Virtual Reality. Although it can be played conventionally on PC, Ethereon is an exploration game designed specifically with the Oculus Rift in mind.
Ethereon transports players to a colonized water planet somewhere in space. There you will need to solve a series of puzzles rooted in logic to uncover information about the mysterious civilization of this world and find the necessary element needed to escape. Further plot details are being left intentionally vague, as the main aim of the game is one of immersive, first-hand discovery, but the developers have promised interactions with the planet’s underwater creatures as the player’s path takes them beneath the waves to their journey’s end.
Far from your average first-person point-and-click adventure, Ethereon is presented with added “hand-presence” through NimbleVR technology, meaning players can actually use their hands to grasp and interact with objects in the virtual space as they would in real life. Although the game’s VR capabilities have been designed for the Oculus Rift, a non-VR version for PC will be released alongside it, with some possible home console opportunities in store for the future.
Headed up by Tony Davidson, the development team consists of several veterans of both the video game and motion picture industries. Davidson himself contributed to the development of Riven, so it should come as no surprise that Ethereon flows from a similar vein.
Slated for a November 2015 release, Ethereon must first meet its $35,800 crowdfunding goal by December 21st. To learn more or contribute, head to the game’s Kickstarter page, where digital copies start at $20. If you’re still undecided, demos for both the VR and non-VR versions are already available for download.