Space sim role-playing game, Starpoint Gemini 2, will get the Oculus Rift treatment. Starpoint Gemini 2 is still alpha testing on Steam Early Access, and Valve's experimental SteamVR program is still in beta, so all these virtual reality dreams aren't available to the general public just yet.
Starpoint Gemini 2's announcement comes one week after Valve introduced the SteamVR beta, an experimental VR mode compatible with Oculus Rift running in Steam's Big Picture mode. Valve posted SteamVR setup instructions on the Steam forums. Keep in mind that doing anything with an Oculus Rift treads deep into developer territory, since the 3D headset isn't on store shelves yet either.
Oculus Rift is expected (but not confirmed) for a late 2014, early 2015 release.
The picture below was taken in Starpoint Gemini 2's Little Green Man Games studio, where, as you can see, they're neck deep in Oculus Rift development. The rest of the picture gallery is stunning; one of the prettiest space sims we've seen this side of EVE Online.
STARPOINT GEMINI 2 GETS VISIONARY WITH VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSET OCULUS RIFT
Experience Space Like Never Before With Next-Gen Headset
Haarlem, The Netherlands – January 20, 2014 – Video game publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Little Green Men Games unveiled today they’re implementing virtual reality headset Oculus Rift into their highly anticipated, upcoming space sim-RPG Starpoint Gemini 2. Currently in Alpha on Steam’s Early Access program, Starpoint Gemini 2 will offer gamers the opportunity to launch fighter wings on unsuspecting enemies during space combat while utilizing Oculus Rift’s 3D, next-generation capabilities to provide unadulterated immersion.
Download the new Starpoint Gemini 2 screenshot HERE. www.starpointgemini.com/Download/OculusRift_StarpointGemini2.zip
“Even from our short time spent with Oculus Rift, we’re certain it’s a breakthrough in the making, bringing a whole new perspective on games in general,” says Mario Mihokovic, CEO of Little Green Men Games. “We’re thrilled for the ability to become a part of the VR revolution early on and can’t wait to see what we can do with it and what other developers will think of too.”
The sequel to Starpoint Gemini 1, Starpoint Gemini 2 is a unique space-simulation with role-playing elements that thrusts gamers into a fractious galactic space environment replete with 50 factions, dangerous wormholes, rift ways to speed travel, and a dynamic real-time 3D combat system. Players can pilot more than 70 distinct, fully upgradeable space craft in a universe that’s powered with realistic physics provided by NVIDIA PhysX technology.
With recent awards secured at CES 2014, Oculus Rift VR is a ground-breaking virtual reality headset for immersive gaming that’s officially supported by heavyweight industry veterans such as ID Software’s John Carmack, Epic Games, Unity, and investor Marc Andreessen among others.
Developer Little Green Men Games is looking for feedback on the development of Starpoint Gemini 2. Gamers interested in playing and sharing their experiences are invited to join the discussion on the Steam Community Hub.
Check out Starpoint Gemini 2 on Early Access for $22.99, which includes the complete version of Starpoint Gemini 1.