Bohemia Interactive today announced Project Lucie, an experimental VR puzzle game for Oculus® Rift, which is also playable with classic mouse & keyboard controls. Project Lucie is the latest free addition to Bohemia Incubator, a label for experimental games that are made available to the public. The launch follows the graduation of another Bohemia Incubator title, Ylands, which entered Steam Early Access last week. In celebration, a brand new video introduces Project Lucie, and wishes Ylands good luck!
In Project Lucie, players take on the role of Lucie, an 8 year old kid with a big imagination, and follow her story by completing puzzles that come to life! Beyond Lucie's story, an Editor mode invites players to explore their own imagination by building their very own puzzles. While it's playable on PC with a mouse and keyboard, the game is built to support Oculus Rift© and Touch controllers - to fully immerse players in a Virtual Reality environment, and provide a complete gameplay experience: full physical simulation, and complete presence within Lucie's world and imagination. A Pre-Alpha version of Project Lucie is now available to play for free via the Bohemia Store.
"Project Lucie is at a very early stage of development" explains Project Lead, Laurent Lavigne, in his Welcome Blog. "It includes just one of Lucie's stories, together with a creative sandbox and editor mode. We hope this 'slice' of features presents the core of wha thet game's about. As part of Bohemia Incubator, our intention is to let players try our game, and share with us their feedback, comments and recommendations."
Project Lucie is the third game to be made available under the Bohemia Incubator label. This Incubator release enables a small but dedicated team at Bohemia Interactive to test game concepts and validate design decisions, as well as to guide the development of supporting technologies and services. In addition, it is a way to learn more about different areas of game development, game genres, and platforms.
While there are similarities between Bohemia Incubator and Steam Early Access, a key difference is that Incubator games can be much more basic, experimental, and rough. Moreover, Bohemia Interactive might even decide to cancel or stop supporting an Incubator game. To reflect this, people will often be able to play the games for free while they are part of Bohemia Incubator (such as Project Lucie).
Project Lucie's Key Features
- Lucie's Story
- Step into the playful world of Lucie, an 8 year old girl with a big imagination. Follow her story by completing puzzles that come to life!
- The Pre-Alpha build includes just one of Lucie's stories: a visit to the zoo, which didn't quite go as expected.
- Sandbox & Editor
- Explore your own imagination by building shapes using a selection of different blocks.
- Or try out pre-made 'template' puzzles in the Editor, and reshape them as you like.
- VR or Mouse & Keyboard Support
- Although Project Lucie is chiefly designed to be a virtual reality experience, mouse & keyboard controls are supported, too.
- The VR version of the game features full physical simulation of the blocks, while Mouse & Keyboard players can still play a simplified version.
Project Lucie is not yet part of the Oculus® store. In order to be playable, it is necessary to switch on a specific option in the Oculus settings. Click the gear icon and select 'Settings'. Then, click 'General' and enable 'Unknown Sources', which allows applications that have not yet been reviewed to be played. See the official Oculus website for more information.
Project Lucie is currently Pre-Alpha. This is not final software; content and technology is subject to change and may still contain errors / lack certain features.
A Pre-Alpha version of Project Lucie is now available to play for free via the Bohemia Store. For more in-depth information about Bohemia Incubator, please visit http://incubator.bohemia.net, and check out the Incubator FAQ. To keep track of all the latest news, be sure to follow Bohemia Interactive on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.