There are a lot of upcoming Oculus Rift games with Touch support. We spotlighted over 30 of them last month, but now know that 53 different titles are expected to be available on day one, December 6th, when the motion controllers launch next week. One of the games on that list will be the excellent adventure title, The Gallery: Call of the Starseed [Review: 9/10] from Cloudhead Games.
Back during the launch of the HTC Vive, The Gallery’s first episode released amidst a wake of tech demos and shallow experiences to show us that, albeit brief, immersive, engaging, and narrative-driven VR content was not only possible, but that it flourished from within a VR headset. While we are still impatiently awaiting the release of Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone, seeing The Gallery’s debut adventure come to a new ecosystem is great news. And in a way, it’s a bit of a homecoming.
And in 2012, The Gallery was one of the first commercially announced Oculus Rift titles and that was one of the targeted platforms when the game completed its $80,000+ Kickstarter campaign back in 2013.
“In 2012, Palmer Luckey and I would chat frequently in the MTBS3D forums on modern VR and how important it is to make the medium stick–I even did an early proof of the original Oculus logo,” says Cloudhead Games CEO, Denny Unger. “As a long time VR enthusiast I pulled together a group and began developing The Gallery with some of the earliest hardware. We were ambitious even back at that early stage; and we innovated systems for hand tracking, constraint & interaction, body persistence, VR comfort mode, and Blink Locomotion–many of which are still used by developers today. So this launch feels monumental; we have come full circle and are excited to be releasing The Gallery on Oculus now with the launch of the Touch controllers.”
Now, that mission is coming full circle when The Gallery: Call of the Starseed releases on Oculus Rift with Touch on December 6th, 2016.