Earlier this month indie developer Parabole launched a Kickstarter campaign for its upcoming first-person adventure title, Kôna. At the time the developer had promised that a stretch goal beyond the campaign’s $40,000 CAD base goal would be added for support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). This week the developer has confirmed to VRFocus that VR support will now be included in the base goal and that a demo supporting the tech will be available later this week.
The developer’s Alexandre Fiset confirmed that, having run some tests, the team decided to integrate the Oculus Rift straight away given how easy the process had been. The developer also noted in a Kickstarter update that “I think it’s safe to say that you’ll have access to the VR build by the end of the week. The other one release is still TBD.” A non-VR version of the demo is already available via the Kickstarter campaign page.
Set in 1970’s Northen Quebec, Kôna casts players as private investigator Carl Faubert. Faubert is initially hired by rich industrialist W. Hamilton to investigate vandalism and theft to his summer residence, with the local Cree community suspected of the crimes. However as Faubert arrives in the area, he finds it deserted. Players must solve puzzles, fight off enemies and uncover clues as to what has transpired as they progress through the story.
Kôna is set to be delivered in four different episodes, with the first aiming to launch on PC, Linux and Mac in June 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow the title’s progress going forward, reporting back with any further updates on its development.