The Oculus Mobile VR Jam is currently in its second week, tasking developers with creating brand new videogames and experiences for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). As of 20th April 2015 all entrants have had to submit the first images of their titles in progress, meaning studios are starting to reveal their projects to the public. One such studio is Dual Reality Games which has lifted the lid on its entry, PhaseShift.
Dual Reality Games describes PhaseShift as a 2.5D cinematic action/adventure platform-based videogame that takes after classic titles such as Another World, Braid, Limbo and the original Oddworld videogames. The title follows Dr. Hoffman, a chemist that accidentally synthesizes a compound which activates latent receptors within the human brain. The accident eventually leads the protagonist into an alien realm populated by a race of supernatural beings that have been influencing the shape of humanity.
In terms of gameplay, PhaseShift is a side-scrolling platform-based title that is given a unique twist in ‘Phase-Shifting’. This involves allowing players to look into parallel dimensions using a ‘looking-glass’ feature, though the developer is yet to reveal how this will directly change gameplay. The title also adopts a retro 3D pixel art style. More details on the project will likely be revealed as the Mobile VR Jam progresses, with Dual Reality Games meeting various other milestones throughout the weeks.
PhaseShift is just one of over 100 entrants in the jam looking to secure one of Oculus VR’s cash prizes. The videogame category of the jam is offering $200,000 USD for the ‘Platinum’ winner. ‘Gold’ winners will earn $100,000 while the ‘Silver’ prize for is worth $50,000 and ‘Bronze’ offers $10,000. Final builds are to be submitted by 11th May. VRFocus will continue to follow PhaseShift and all other Mobile VR Jam entrants, reporting back with the latest updates on them.