One of the many virtual reality (VR) experiences on display at this year’s Gamescom in Cologne, Germany was first-person horror experience The Hum from indie developer Thotwise Games. The title, which supports the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display on PC, was showcased not with a gameplay demo but an atmospheric experience designed to give players a taste of the overall experience and direction. Now the developer has released this Gamescom build online.
The developer has released the new build in an update on its on-going Kickstarter campaign, where it hopes to raised $250,000 NZD by 30th September 2014. As the developer explains, the build is designed for use with the Oculus Rift, although currently only works with the device’s first development kit (DK1), with second development kit (DK2) integration also planned. The experience is currently only available on PC, though a Mac version does seem to be in the works.
The Hum is a first-person experience set three months after an alien invasion of Earth. Players are cast as a survivor of this invasion who starts to discover new abilities as they struggle to survive, avoiding contact with the aliens whenever possible. The title is being developed with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 and also plans to arrive on PlayStation 4 with support for the Project Morpheus VR HMD.
Should The Hum‘s Kickstarter campaign prove successful then the developer hopes to launch the title in December 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow The Hum going forward, reporting back with any further updates on the title’s development.