Many mobile-focused videogame developers have shown interest in Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Fireproof Games, the team behind the celebrated The Room puzzle experiences, is working on Omega Agent for the device and now New Zealand studio PikPok has pledged support towards it. In fact, according to chief executive Mario Wynands, the developer has already completed work on its first Gear VR title.
Wynands revealed as much speaking at the Animfx special effects conference last week, as reported by Stuff. “We already have a game that is pretty much ready to go for the new ‘Oculus Samsung VR’,” Wynands said. Of course, ‘Oculus Samsung VR’ no doubt refers to Gear VR, which is a collaboration between both Samsung and Oculus Rift HMD creator Oculus VR. No specifics were revealed about the project, although with its development effectively finished then it’s likely that information will be shared soon.
PikPok is perhaps best known for its work on videogames like Monsters Ate My Condo as well as its Flick Kick series of sports titles, both of which has appeared on the iOS and Android operating systems (OS). Some of these titles it has self-published, while others have been created in partnerships with other companies. Gear VR runs using Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, which itself uses the Android OS. However, at the kit’s launch, only a free store will be available with a premium store arriving later on.
Gear VR is set to launch in the US in early December 2014. It’s not yet clear when the device will reach other countries. As for price, it can be picked up for $199 USD or in a bundle with Samsung’s Bluetooth controller for $249. VRFocus will continue to follow Gear VR and all compatible videogames, reporting back with any further updates on either.