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12 Days of VR Gaming: Day 3 – Darknet

E McNeill’s Darknet has been in the public eye for some time. Several PC demos that have received continual updates showed the promise of this intriguing hacking strategy title, but it’s the launch of Samsung’s Gear VR that has brought Darknet into many virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts hands. While most titles available for download on Gear VR currently are simple demos of future releases, Darknet is available to download in it’s complete form for free. This generosity has earned Darknet a place in VRFocus’12 Days of VR Gaming’ feature series.

Darknet presents a strategy experience designed to simulate virtual hacking. Players will begin by targeting a signal node, aiming to take control by initiating a virus that must reach the core before the defence system interrupt it’s progress. Once a node has been controlled the player will have access to the core system of any additional node that it is connected with, in turn attempting to take control of each and eventually the entire map.


Darknet was among the first batch of launch titles for the Gear VR,” states developer E McNeill. “This new platform was released as an “Innovator’s Edition” and seemed to expect short experiences, novelties, and demos for future games. Darknet was designed to defy that expectation by offering a full game at launch, built around deep gameplay that can entertain for hours. It’s cyberpunk strategy in virtual reality. If you’re a VR pioneer, what more could you want?”

Demo versions of Darknet for both editions of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), DK1 and DK2, are available to download from the videogame’s official website for both Windows PC and Mac formats. The full version of the videogame is available to download via the Oculus Home app on Gear VR. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on Darknet and other VR projects from E McNeill.

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