Daydream was supposed to be Google’s big VR project, throwing its hat against Facebook, Valve and Sony. It had many promising features, such as an inexpensive VR helmet designed to be comfortable and affordable, and a motion controller that dramatically advanced the mobile virtual reality experience.
The most important thing, however, was that Daydream was designed to work with a wide range of Android devices, opening all doors to users and providing them with VR content.
Unfortunately, it did not happen.
Dream dies last.
Anyway, Daydream is just not shot. What was originally intended for a wide range of VR headsets from different manufacturers turned out to be just another device from Google. Games from major developers and publishers have not achieved a share of their usual indicators. Today, the platform store still promotes apps that came out on launch day.
The lack of Daydream support in the company’s new smartphone, combined with recent executive comments about switching attention to services instead of equipment, is similar to the inevitable admission of defeat in the VR industry. And my heart bleeds.
In the early days of Google, it seemed to be doing well with developers. He was even able to negotiate with EA to release the only full VR game he ever launched. But, as I said, the platform has become home to some of the most obscure VR gems. These were games and experiences from creators who really thought outside the box and borders. Many of the best projects, such as Virtual-Virtual Reality and Eclipse: Edge of Light, continued to live a new life on other platforms.
But for each game that made the jump up, there are two or three that did not. In fact, we would say that the platform has enough worthwhile exclusive Daydream content. Let’s take a look at it.
One app that always comes to mind is the weirdly attractive Untethered. The game throws you to the place of residents in a small town in Oregon. In your first episode, you were a radio DJ who could use his voice to promote the story. The player feels rather lost in this experience when he explores his impressively interactive environment. It was one of the first VR apps to introduce a living, breathing world, no matter how small it is. He broke down important diving barriers.
Unfortunately, Numinous confirmed last year that the third episode was postponed after the company lost funding in the middle of development. Not surprising, given the situation with Daydream. Maybe one day we will see the conclusion that the series deserves.
Blade Runner: Revelations
Daydream has also been home to some significant snapped games. Blade Runner: Revelations, for example, was launched as the flagship game for the lonely autonomous Daydream headset, Lenovo Mirage Solo, and used the Google framework Seurat, which can now be seen in Vader Immortal. Located between the events of two films, you play a detective, doing what everyone seems to be doing in this universe; rogue hunting androids named replicants.
What made the revelations interesting was that they focused on investigating and searching for evidence. There were action moments, but the game was really interested in creating tension between you and the subjects you are interviewing. It is also one of the most beautiful VR games you can find on mobile equipment.
So let us melt
One of the best examples of how many Daydream games have literally flown by. The Chinese Room is a favorite by many British developers, known for games such as Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and Dear Esther. Many would assume that the developer has not made another game since. Actually quite the opposite; his next narrative epic is only available on Daydream
So So Let Us Melt is very different from other narrative games of the studio. This is a far-flung sci-fi epic that will take you on a historical tour of the future. This experience of communication and education of relations. It is also inherently strange and wonderful, with images and music that you will not soon forget.
Supermassive is another developer you might be surprised to learn that he was working on Daydream. In fact, it happened quite recently; Shattered State was just launched on the platform at the end of last year. This may be the best example of how unpopular the platform has become, apparently having received less than 100 installations since launch.
But don’t let that keep you from searching. Shattered State is like a standalone episode of Homeland, 24, or any other high-octane political thriller. You play as the director of an intelligence agency in a newly created country. As the threat of terror unravels you have to make tough decisions and watch them unfold right in front of you.
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