Im excited to announce that Eden River will be receiving a huge update/revamping and will be coming out on Steam in July!
Eden River is a VR demo I released back in September. It is designed to be a relaxing experience. You are cruising down a river a few feet above the water, roll your head left and right to steer. For best results (if you have one) set up an electric fan blowing a slight breeze on your face.
If you haven't checked out the original, you can download it here free for PC, Mac, and Linux:http://www.unellodesign.com/oculus-rift-demos/
Here is some gameplay footage of the original:
Im looking for feedback regarding what new features I should add. Here is a short list of features that will for sure be a part of Eden River HD:
-New positional-tracking-based control scheme
-Different environments, with new music
-Better sound (binaural, and/or HRTF)
A few features that I have not completely decided on yet:
-Incorporating elements of a rhythm game
-Optional guided meditation voice-over
Let me know what you think
Let's make a great game together!
I've added some screenshots of what I have been working on.
Things I got working last week were:
-new environment! (shown in the first screen shot) I created this little section with a fallen tree that you get to cruise under. Im trying to add more room for the player to choose where to go and what to explore.
-swans that fly with you
-random terrain placement
-random tree placement
-experimented with funky blue trees
-lots of little cosmetic things, leaves falling, background fog, canopy above you, better water
Ive also been experimenting with avatars.
I tried first person swan perspective so you can look behind you and see your body and wings. I also tried third person with the swan out in front of you.
Being the swan is fun for a little while but it gets annoying very quickly.
My favorite thing was to match speeds with the swans and fly with them. Swooping down and hovering just above the powerful beating wings of a swan is an incredible feeling. (see middle screenshot)
The first time I did it my jaw dropped.
Theres something very powerful about the presence of a large bird in flight, its hard to describe, but it was very soothing.