It’s been a little while since virtual reality (VR) fans last heard from Iris VR’s Technolust, the first-person VR experience that passed a Kickstarter campaign back in 2014. The studio behind the title announced a new title for Gear VR towards the end of the year but is kicking 2015 off with a new version of the Beta for its original project. The update includes several crucial new features for Technolust and is available to those that backed the corresponding Kickstarter tier or who pre-order the Beta Program Access version online.
Along with new areas to explore, this new version of the Technolust Beta, labelled 4.4, adds a save system. Players are now able to enter phone booths to save their data as well as transport to these new environments. Elsewhere, the developer has added a few ‘placeholder’ NPCs with a new Photoscan test. There’s also the addition of 3D positional audio from Realspace3D and tweaks to several of the pre-existing areas. The developer also warns that there are currently some issues with loading and freezing and that players should refrain from moving their heads when these crop up.
Iris VR hopes to start releasing more regular Beta updates for the title in the future. Technolust is a first-person adventure experience set in a near-future Cyberpunk world run by corporations. Players can sign up to a resistance to join the fight against these controlling forces or simply explore the world that the developer has created, visiting arcades and exploring their own personal space. The title features full support for the Oculus Rift on both PC and Mac. A Linux version is also planned.
Currently there’s no solid release date attached to the title, although the developer does hope to launch around the time of the consumer release of the Oculus Rift. VRFocus will continue to follow Technolust‘s progress closely, reporting back with any further updates on its development.