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@TurtleRock Studios Delves into #VR with “Face Your Fears” and “Other Worlds” for the Gear VR

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It can be a struggle for independent game studios to prove themselves in a world where corporate gatekeepers exist. Though this shouldn’t deter any aspiring developers, and with interactive virtual reality content essentially being a new thing for the public marketplace, this will afford another opportunity for independent game studios to prove their worth.

Speaking of studios on the grind that has recently developed for VR, Turtle Rock Studios has announced their development of two game for the Samsung Gear VR. For those who does not recognize them, Turtle Rock is an American studio founded in 2002 by ex-Westwood Pacific developer, Michael Booth and now currently ran jointly by Phil Robb and Chris Ashton, after having a brief one year stint with Valve Corporation(2008-2009). They are the original creators of Left 4 Dead and Evolve.

Now they’re working on a immersive horror and exploratory experiences. Face your fears can be likened to “Don’t Let Go(Yorick van Vliet),” where the gameplay focuses around you facing horrifying events. They’ve incorporated an eye-tracking element to it, where depending on where you are focusing your attention, will depend on how the game will scare you. Two of the in-game experiences they announce is Skyscraper(targeted towards acrophobes), and the Haunting(targeted towards phasmophobes).

To balance out this experience, they are also coming out with Other Worlds, which is similar to the experience of Ali Eslami’s re-interpretation of Rene Magritte’s Paintings, except you’ll get to explore the creative mind of artist Justin Cherry. Those this world is much more active, as explained by them “Other Worlds allows players to experience the awe and beauty of being inside a painting, showcasing three unique worlds… and explore the environment long enough and the player may see one of many random events tailored to the world they’re currently in.”

So if you own the Gear VR and want to experience some triple-A content, make sure you add these games to your VR to-do list. Meantime, in-between time you can chat it up on their forums or connect with them via Twitter @TurtleRock.

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Nick Pettit’s Independent Studio ‘Zoxide Games’ Develops Deep Sea Exploration Game for Virtual Reality Titled ‘Neptune Flux’

It is exciting to see the emerging virtual reality marketplace spring up new development studios, willing to create content for such a risky marketplace. What is more amazing is the one-man studios that are producing immersive content. It is no doubt that VR is daunting step into a new frontier of media consumption and any company or individual willing to set the foundations for the virtual reality marketplace, should be recognized.

This brings me to the independent studio ran by one man, by the name of Nick Pettit. Nick is a teacher at Treehouse and a dedicated independent developer. Based in Orlando, Florida, he founded Zoxide Games in May of 2015, simply to create fun and entertaining games. With the advent of affordable VR interfaces, it was definitely an opportune time for him and other developers to start experimenting and creating immersive content for these devices.

His flagship game for Zoxide Games will require you not to be aquaphobic. Neptune Flux is an deep sea exploration game, that can be either played on a 2D interface or in a immersive headset. You are an employee of the dystopic Corporation. A.Q.U.A. Within the pitch black darkness of the sea, you’ll travel the depths in your underwater vessel to carry out the corps operations.

Neptune Flux is a mission-oriented game, though you can freely roam around to “discover supernatural wreck sites, ancient artifacts and lost treasures.” The more company objectives you complete and ocean floor you explore, will get you closer to unlocking the mysterious secrets hidden within the depths of the sea.

The game is scheduled to be released sometime in 2016 for the PC, which can be played on immersive interfaces, such as the Oculus Rift. As Neptune Flux continue to develop, Zoxide Games may make it compatible with other gaming platforms. You can visit the website to sign up for the newsletter and keep up-to-date with the latest developments.

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