République VR Brings the Atmospheric Dystopian Stealth Game to Samsung Gear VR this Winter
République VR was announced for the Samsung Gear VR today by Camouflaj, and is set to launch this winter. Meanwhile, the République Anniversary Edition Soundtrack was released today on vinyl, CD, and iTunes.
Developers Camouflaj and Darkwind revealed République VR at Oculus Connect 4 today. The title is currently only confirmed for Gear VR, but completely reworks all of the episodic dystopian stealth game to work in virtual reality. While it did not get an exact release date République VR will be launching sometime this winter.
As I mentioned before, all five episode of République, which is currently available on iOS, Android, PC, and PS4, are remade and included in République VR. The VR aspects enhance the already present camera hacking and surveillance mechanics of the original game, as players guide a girl named Hope out of a dystopian facility. The developers claim that République VR is very efficient for one’s phone battery while still granting performance gains of around 30% in many of the game’s key areas. République VR also supports touch-based, motion, and bluetooth device controls.
I always thought that République would work well in VR, and even briefly talked about it’s potential in VR in a piece I wrote about the game and its excellent use of fixed cameras last year, so I am very curious to see how République VR turns out. Ryan Payton, a Designer at Camouflaj, had the following to say about working on the game:
““From the very beginning, the team set out to build the quintessential mobile VR game. We are so excited to finally lift the veil on this incredibly challenging project. I’m happy to say that the hard work has paid off—République VR plays and looks absolutely stunning despite the obvious hardware limitations.”
The developers also revealed that the République Anniversary Edition Soundtrack launched on iTunes, vinyl, CD, and other streaming services today, courtesy of Brave Wave. The vinyl edition of the soundtrack is a limited release and contains fifteen different tracks, concept art of the game, photos and anecdotes from the development team, and even a free République VR code for when it releases.
You can watch the reveal trailer below. République VR will launch for Samsung Gear VR (and be compatible with the Galaxy S7 and S8) this winter.