Update: Coatsink got in touch today, letting me know that Augmented Empire will release exclusively on Samsung’s GearVR headset on July 13.The game will have game pad and Gear VR controller support, offers 10+ hours of gameplay across 26 missions, combining exploration and turn-based action and features six upgradable characters and 60 environments.
Original story: I’ve always had a soft spot for British developer, Coatsink, the studio behind Samsung Gear VR titles Esper & Esper 2.
Now, the studio has just released a new VR game, A Night’s Sky, and has another one in the works, Augmented Empire.
Coatsink says of Augmented Empire: “Augmented Empire is a story-driven RPG set on the island of New Savannah, an isolated neo-noir city divided into three tiers by the ‘Citizen Grade System. While the citizens deemed of high societal value live in luxury at the summit, outliers and criminals are forced to live in squalor at the island’s depths. From the armchair of their secluded hideout, the player uses simple look-and-click controls to instruct their team of 6 augmented misfits in a world rendered as an ‘augmented reality’ diorama before their eyes while interacting with the office around them to investigate new developments, make calls and develop the skills of their team.”
The game will feature the voice talent of Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black, Star Trek Voyager), Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), Doug Cockle (The Witcher Series) andGarrick Hagon (Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Horizon: Zero Dawn).
A Night’s Sky, which was released in April, uses point and touch controls to connect constellations in the night sky to form patterns among the stars. “As different shapes are discovered, strange and wonderful creatures are brought to life that stride, bound and glide around the hillside.” Coatsink plans to release new DLC content packs monthly, with the first one coming out this Friday, featuring an owl, a dragon and butterflies. It’ll set you back around $1.40 (£0.79, $0.99 and €0.99), if you’re interested.