Since the early days of virtual reality’s (VR) resurgence, space has always been a highly popular topic for developers, whether its been for realism or or pure sci-fi fantasy. Today Swedish studio Quixel has confirmed its space-survival VR experience Homebound will be arriving on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs) in 2017, complimenting the announcement with a new trailer.
Homebound puts players in one of the worst situations an astronaut could be in – and there are many – in which a series of catastrophic events unfold leading to the ship they’re on hurtling out of control. Rather than disappearing into the depths of space, players finding themselves reentering Earth’s atmosphere. They have one task escape with their life. With time not on their side, players are completely alone in the capsule with only the ships AI to talk to.
As you’ll see in the trailer below, you’ll be able to wander around the richly rendered ship, showcasing Quixel’s attention to detail. Then everything takes that turn for the worst, with fires and powerloss affecting the ship. Then there’s reentry, just making it through Earth’s atmosphere doesn’t guarantee success, as the trailer flies the viewer past vast mountains ranges and planes, on their way to terra firma.
Quixel is renowned for its world class, cutting-edge computer graphics technology, having worked on the recent Hollywood blockbuster, The Jungle Book, and in AAA game franchises such as Battlefield, Destiny, Halo, Doom, StarCraft and Dark Souls. Other notable Quixel clients include the likes of NASA and Tesla.
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