Estonian game development studio Creative Mobile has announced that its virtual reality sci-fi/horror title Into the Radius has been released to Steam’s Early Access program. The game is based on the novel Roadside Picnic by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, but borrows from Myst, Stalker, and the works of Stephen King.
Accompanying the announcement is an over minute-and-a-half long trailer featuring in-game footage of the player traversing the game’s barren environments, scanning for radiation, checking the map, and engaging in gun battles:
Project Lead Aleksei Shulga said: “A VR game developer must utilize the strengths of VR, by being a good game first and a VR experience second. We have a story with simple moral choices, people in extreme circumstances. Not an epic story, not saving the world, but still fun. With the release of the beya version, everything now depends on the players. Please tell us what you like, what you don’t like. We want to hear your ideas. to understand players like the pacing and if the idea of the game is worth perusing further.”
Programmer Aleksandr Svetlov added: “VR can offer a better empathetic relationship with characters in a game. For example, imagine having to rescue and drag your wounded friend to safety while they are screaming in pain. This is our dream project, we invite the players to the collective dreaming bandwagon. If this is successful, we can find the resources to continue development.”
Into the Radius is now available for free on Steam Early Access for HTC Vive & Oculus Rift.
Hardcore VR gameplay in a dark atmospheric open-world, with realistic weapon interaction, survival, stealth and cunning.
Players explore a zone filled with dangerous anomalies to locate and collect artifacts, with 4 playable missions and tutorial. Players can use the shop, explore the zone for artifacts.