Life, uh, finds a way. And so does virtual reality. Or, it most definitely will, with Crytek releasing a new Dinosaur Island demo on Steam. For free.
Yes, you read that right. Right now, you can go on Steam, and if you own a virtual reality set, like Oculus Rift, you can enjoy the full experience of Crytek’s Back to Dinosaur Island Demo.
So far, the game doesn’t really offer that much gameplay, focusing more on the experience of existing in that world, in those prehistoric times, and on the system’s capabilities.
The demo was ready a while back, first being shown at a Developer Conference earlier this year. It was available for play at several conventions and events after that, but only now became available for worldwide users, via Steam.
Sadly, unless you own a virtual reality device, you cannot enjoy the full experience. You can, however, watch the video here, at the bottom of the article, albeit without the 3D factor that makes it truly impressive.
Crytek’s own David Bowman states that the game is meant to inspire a sense of awe and that without the virtual reality, you cannot truly understand the immensity of the game’s world, and will miss the immersion that is a vital part of the game’s development.
Being available for Oculus Rift dev kit 2, as well as newer VR devices, the demo puts you in the metaphorical shoes of a baby dinosaur unable to leave his nest. You look around, at your surroundings, in awe at the realism your environment depicts. Is that a giant dragonfly? And is it heading towards you?
You get attacked by prehistoric insects, a helpless baby, barely hatched, and think you are done for. But then you hear it in the distance. The insects fly away, as do some birds that were perching in nearby trees. You hear it again. And you get excited. As well as scared. Because you DO want to see it. But what will it do when it gets here?
And then it enters your field of vision. And roars.
The T-Rex makes its way towards you and roars. That’s it, you, think, it’s going to eat you. But it just looks at you, curious. It decides that you’re too small to count as a meal, and walks away, leaving you alone in your nest, awaiting whatever is to come next.
Crytek releasing a new Dinosaur Island demo on steam is one of the most note-worthy events in gaming this year, along with Valkyria Chronicles getting remastered and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided being delayed.
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