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Darknet Dev Reveals VR Hackathon Project, ‘zeroing in on something really cool’

It’s a big week for indie developer E McNeill as his latest videogame, the virtual reality (VR) compatible Darknet, has launched on Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) for free. It’s early days for the title, which will be given away until the introduction of a premium option for the Gear VR store, but it looks as if the developer is already looking ahead to his next project. And, if recent teases are anything to go by, it looks like the title could be another VR compatible experience.

The tease came in the form of a look at what the developer created for the recent Orange County VR Hackathon that took place earlier this month. Taking to Twitter, McNeill revealed two new images from the experiment, which he simply described as “a little tanks & planes war room tactics thing.” The title’s visual aesthetic is similar to Darknet‘s interpretation of cyberspace. “Between this and another prototype I did over Thanksgiving, I think I’m slowly zeroing in on something really cool,” the developer stated.

“The prototype had some big flaws,” he concluded, “but a number of people really seemed to love it. One demanded l email her a copy. And it won an award too!”

It’s not clear just when we might hear more about this new project, although McNeill is also working on an ‘expanded edition’ of Darknet for the Oculus Rift PC HMD. That title is aiming for a release on launch with the consumer version of the device; could we see more on this new title before the expanded edition of Darknet releases? VRFocus will continue to follow the developer’s progress, reporting back with any further updates.

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