Dreamsail Games announced recently that their sandbox, first-person, virtual reality mech game for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift is currently available on the Steam store via a free demo. You can download The Iota Project right now, at no cost but a couple of gigabytes of bandwidth.
The objective of the game is to save the city by any means necessary from an invasion. You’ll have swords, laser beams and your own fists as weapons. The game utilizes free-form motion, so you can swing and attack as you see fit, and the buildings and enemies are all capable of being affected by the physics of our weapons. You can get a glimpse of what the gameplay is like with the sizzle reel trailer below.
It obviously looks like an indie game or a student project, but being that the demo is free I don’t see there being much to lose by giving it a try.
A couple of cool things to note is that at least the enemies have ragdoll physics, so it looks pretty funny when you give them a good wallop up the side of the head and watch them sprawl to the side and topple over in funny ways.
The destructible city is also a nice highlight, giving gamers an opportunity to punch, crash, and slash the buildings to pieces. It definitely reminded me a lot of Pacific Rim.
The locomotion, cockpit system, and ability to grab props and hurl them at enemies are all a nice touch. It’s the sort of mech game a lot of gamers have been begging for in the VR, especially since most of the others made available for VR headsets are rail shooters.
If you already have an HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift, you can pick up a digital copy of the pre-alpha demo for The Iota Project by visiting the Steam store page.