More then 200 days have passed since we started working on MarineVerse.
It felt like a good point in time to reflect on our journey so far and share the progress.
This is Olga and Greg introducing an audience to sailing and virtual reality.
VR Regatta 0.4 has shipped :-)
In VR Regatta you get to race your own sailing boat. It’s great, but what if you want to take your sailing to a next level?
Good start to becoming a sailing pro might be diving into a data about your virtual reality performance.
That’s where new experimental feature in VR Regatta will come in handy - sailing telemetry.
VR Regatta is a free virtual reality sailing game for GearVR.
We have recently shared early access keys on reddit.
In VR Regatta you get to sail your own small yacht - a dinghy. You are surrounded by water, get to hear seagulls and according to those who have tried it - it’s quite relaxing. Your dream of owning a sailboat - navigate lakes, seas and oceans can be true :-)
Go aboard a ship, set sails and be a captain - here are some access codes for you to use:
We have just shipped VR Regatta 0.2 for HTC Vive on Steam.
The most important feature: You can control sails by grabbing mainsheet
With this new feature, your both hands can be busy holding the tiller and mainsail sheet. Your Vive sailing is now even more immersive :-)
Another important feature in this version - you can buy “coins” to support VR Regatta development. Coins can be used to “vote” on what should we work next:
The next big feature we are currently working on is multiplayer.
VR Regatta is Early Access free to play game. We hope that many of you are excited about sailing in virtual reality. If you want more and better sailing in VR please consider voting with your wallet by funding our project.
A daily rate of a good developer in Australia can easily be above $1000AUD and that just an example of the costs (click here to fully fund developer for 1 day).
We need many of you to help, if we want to sustain VR Regatta development over longer period of time, so please consider sharing this post with friends.
Have you already played and enjoyed VR Regatta? You can think of this coin donation as “pay what you want” model :-) ( use this link http://store.steampowered.com/buyitem/468240/100/42 and change 42 to number of gold coins you want to donate.)
PS. If you have funds in your Steam wallet, you can experience in app-purchase in VR as well - check it out :-)
Exciting news: Along with launch on Steam, VR Regatta has been approved “for keys” on Oculus store.
With the beta key for VR Regatta, you can now access the game from you Library on GearVR and easily get updates as we ship them.
What’s coming for VR Regatta on GearVR:
- Improvements, polish, bug fixes
- Integration with Oculus API - Leaderboards, Achievements etc.
- Maybe cross platform multiplayer with HTC Vive version (and you can actually control the boat as opposed to Google Cardboards guys stuck flying seagulls ;))
You can help in bringing sailing to GearVR - let us know you are interested in providing feedback and beta testing by contacting us at [email protected] and we will send you a special access key.
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