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@FierceKaiju is Re-Inventing Flagship #VR Game “Viral”for the Rift and Vive

 

I must admit, it’s fun scouring the internet for game studios and engineering companies who are adding creative solutions and entertaining content to the VR marketplace. Honestly, who would’ve expected that immersive interfaces, such as the HTC Vive and Playstation VR, was right around the corner for the average person to purchase? Who would’ve thought so much experiences and digital tools would be available for VR within a year of it’s introduction to the public marketplace? But who can blame these pioneering developers, such as Fierce Kaiju.

Fierce Kaiju is a game development studio based in Yorkshire, UK, which was founded in mid-year 2014 by Paul Colls(Creative Director), Dan Roberts(Art Director) and Andy Greensmith, with the focus on creating immersive content. Before its founding, the developers have been harnessing their skills with Rockstar Games and Activision, being a part of the Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption series.

In cooperation with Oculus in year 2015, they produced their flagship VR game “Viral,” for the Gear VR. Viral puts you into an A.I. program named E.V.E.(a.k.a. Emotional Virtual Engine), as the anti-virus warrior program “Ragnarok”. Needless to say, your objective: Eliminate the Viruses. You have access to power-ups and E.V.E.’s dormant defense system to clean out her system.

To create a comfortable and intuitive gaming system, they’ve kept the player stationery, so in order to avoid health-loss, you must shoot incoming projectiles fired from the viruses. Also, to advance through the levels, they employ a teleportation system, where the player shoots the next platform after done eliminating the enemies. The game is colorful and addictive and has recieced recognition from Polygon and Three Bens in VR. If you own a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, then you’re in luck, since they are making the game compatible for these hi-end immersive interfaces.

For a studio founded on the purpose of creating entertaining and addictive immersive games to add traction to the adoption of virtual reality, we should expect to see more polished experiences from Fierce Kaiju. If you’re you are interested in learning more about them, you can connect with them via Twitter @FierceKaiju.

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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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Archiact Interactive Ltd.: Pioneering Virtual Reality Development Studio

Archiact Interactive Ltd. is “a team of wild virtual reality developers on a mission to create the most seamless VR experiences possible,” which is “extremely cool, one of a kind and just generally awesome.” The company was founded by Frank Shen (Stock Market Professional) in 2013. Since then, they have been hard at work in perfecting the VR experience.

One of Archiact first and most successful games is “Lamper VR: First Flight.” In this game, you “fight your way through a series of treacherous tunnels through the eyes of a firefly bug called Lamper.” The game can be played on Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It utilizes head-motion to guide the firefly through the obstacles. The game has been downloaded over 1 million times. This compelled them to create a sequel, “Lamper VR: Firefly Rescue.”

Their other creative games include Waddle Home (Built for Samsung Gear VR), The Ultimate Pursuit (Available for China gamers), Thunder Blaster VR (Coming Soon), Magic Book (Coming Soon) and many other games.

Archiact Interactive Ltd. has also teamed up with other VR development companies to publish engaging and fun games. This includes House of Languages (Language Education app), Audio Arena (Gameplay generated by music), Deep Space Battle VR and Darknet (Won Oculus VR Jam “Grand Prize” 2013, Golden Sushi Awards “Top 10 of PAX” 2014 and The Proto Awards “Best Gameplay” 2014.”)

Besides developing awesome games, they also host the “VR Game Jam.” This allows game developers, enthusiasts, investors and the like to experience cool VR demos, as well as expand their network. Their next Jam, dubbed VR Game Jam: Global Archiact Jam 2016, will be hosted on April 8 -24. If you are a VR developer, you have the chance to win “3 HTC Vive Headsets & Demo space at the worlds first consumer Virtual reality Conference.”  You can learn more via http://globalarchiactjam.devpost.com/.

The team part of Archiact Interactive Ltd. success includes Eric Hine (Executive Producer), Jennifer Dowding (Producer), Justin Martin (Senior Software Engineer), Lyle Moore (Senior Concept Artist), Ash Oakenfold (VR Generalist), Jared Barber (Art Director), Geoff Nagy (Prototype Engineer) and Amber Choo (VR Researcher & Designer). You can see their full list of employer via http://www.archiactinteractive.com/our-team/. If you are interested in working with them, you can also send in a application.

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