One of the first videogame developers to pledge support for Gear VR, Samsung’s new virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), was nDreams, the VR dedicated studio working on a number of projects for the technology. The company announced two Gear VR titles alongside the reveal of the device itself in September 2014. Those were Gunner, a turret-based shooter, and relaxation experience Perfect Beach. Today sees a demo for the former hit Gear VR as a sample of Gunner is now available over on the Oculus VR Store.
Gunner is a first-person sci-fi title in which players fend off waves of enemies using the Gear VR’s head-tracking capabilities to aim. This creates an entirely controller-free experience as players use a number of weapons to lock-on and take down enemies. Gunner is in fact co-published by Oculus VR itself, making this one of the first software releases for the company alongside the demo for third-person dungeon crawler HeroBound: First Steps which accompanied the launch of Gear VR in the USA in mid-December 2015.
Presumably the full version of Gunner will be launching when the Oculus VR Store adds the ability for developers to charge for content. For now the store consists entirely of free experiences, including demos, short videos and, in rare cases, full versions of videogames. The premium store is expected early in 2015 as is the international release of Gear VR itself. During the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week Oculus VR told VRFocus that the premium store and an international release are ‘decoupled’, meaning one will happen without the other.
VRFocus will continue to follow both Gunner and Gear VR itself, reporting back with any further updates on either.