Yesterday, an industrious coder released a homebrew software package that allows HTC Vive users to play the demos for Lucky’s Tale and Oculus Dreamdeck, both titles exclusive to the Oculus Rift. The an alpha build of the software – “a proof-of-concept compatibility layer between the Oculus SDK and OpenVR” – was released on GitHub by reddit user CrossVR to much buzz amongst VR users, but Oculus is understandably miffed about the matter.
“This is a hack, and we don’t condone it. Users should expect that hacked games won’t work indefinitely, as regular software updates to games, apps, and our platform are likely to break hacked software,” Oculus told GamesIndustry.biz.
While Oculus is unhappy about the “hack”, the software – named Revive – remains available on GitHub. It remains to be seen whether it will be subject to a cease and desist order, or a DMCA takedown, from the aggrieved company.
“It may work with plenty of other games, but that hasn’t been tested by myself. It’s still early days for this project, since it’s only been in development for a few weeks. In the future more games will be supported, but I’m glad to see such swift progress already,” CrossVR explained in his reddit post. Indicating a determination to continue work on the project, he added, “this is version 0.2 and there will be many more as there is still plenty of work to do.”
We could recently first report our speculations and later post the official confirmation that the Oculus Rift launch is imminent and that 2016 will be the year where the average consumer will get access to the new world of Virtual Reality. The pre-order phase is planned for January or February 2016, so that is just around the corner. The Oculus team did also promise to give a fair warning to everyone in order to allow people to save up and place their pre-order once it’s possible.
So far we’ve also heard that Oculus Rift pre-orders will get a free copy of EVE Valkyrie along with the headset itself, and that is pretty sweet. But what about everyone else? All those people that will buy their fancy new VR headset later? Well, they will get something too as it was revealed on the official Oculus Rift blog. All customers will get the brand new and made-for-VR platformer Lucky’s Tale along with their Oculus Rift.
Lucky’s Tale is an Oculus Studios title and you can expect it to stay limited for the VR platform. It takes you on an “adventure of a lifetime” with Lucky the fun-loving fox. The game takes you to a charming new world, with dozens of locales and lush environments. Early demos of the game have already been highly praised by those who have seen and tested them, which speaks for a promising final product.
“We always believed there was an opportunity for platformers in VR, but it wasn’t until playing Lucky’s Tale and working with the Playful team that we truly realized its potential to change how people view this genre of gaming forever. Lucky’s Tale delivers on everything you want in a next-generation VR game – it’s thrilling, full of adventure, and incredibly fun to play.”
Lucky’s Tale will be coming exclusively to Oculus in Q1 and you could call it the Rift’s Sonic or Mario. Will you be among the first that pre-order a new Oculus Rift as soon as it is possible? Let us know in the comments.