Crystal Rift – Early Access To New Version Now Available On Steam Store And Humble Store

Posted August 19, 2015 by Jamie O'Dwyer in News

Psytec Games is very happy to announce that a new version of Crystal Rift is now available on Steam Early Access.

CrystalRift1First up, we were so impressed by HTC Vive when we tried it at EGX Rezzed in April that we immediately started work on Vive support. We’re very pleased to say that it is now ready and those lucky enough to have access will be able to try it now! Happily the full game will also be ready for Vive when you get your own, which is nice. Of course we also plan to support Oculus Touch input controls, so those going with the Rift will not be left out of the fun, we also support controllers and keyboard.

The dungeons of Crystal Rift have been overhauled and reworked and the entire experience is now at a new ‘real world’ scale to best accommodate standing experiences (the old scale is available from the Options Menu).

CrystalRift2Also included are New Monsters with their own AI, fully animated and very cool when you meet them in all their 6ft+ glory.  To tackle these creatures we have also added an epic new Crystal Blade to help you on your way – which of course works with regular ol’ gamepad, but is also especially excellent with VR input, allowing you to hold the sword itself in your hand.  This sword is not merely to swing around, but has multiple powers such as poison bolts and fireballs to help you survive.

In addition to all that, we’re happy to report that our team has grown, taking in the awesome 3D artist Robert Ramsay to craft our new monsters (as well as overhaul the old ones) and Thiago Craveiro, who is on Level Design, AI and User Experience. These guys have really helped push the game to a new level of polish and we’re thrilled with their work.

About Crystal Rift

Crystal Rift is an inspired by classic dungeon games with grid-based movement, it has been developed primarily for Virtual Reality headsets, but is also a great experience for those without headsets.

CrystalRift3Taking the player through a series of increasingly dangerous and strange locations the player faces off against challenges and monsters. An immersive virtual reality experience, Crystal Rift will be released with over 30 levels with unique settings, threats and encounters, to provide many hours of gameplay. The player slowly uncovers the narrative and story through exploration, discovering dark secrets and following the path of those who have come before.

Use the In Game Dungeon Editor to build entirely new adventures and challenges for other players to solve.

You can buy an Early Access Version of Crystal Rift on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/345140/) and the Humble Store (https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/crystalrift_storefront). A full release of the game is planned for November 2015  (Leaving Early Access).

Upon release we will be on Steam, Humble, GOG, Oculus and other online stores.

Key Features:
  • Designed for Virtual Reality First, this leads to a rich immersive environment 3D with details you can lean into and see, this also presents perfectly in 2D.
  • Classic dungeon crawling experience with grid-based movement, hidden rooms, pressure plates, monsters, trapdoors, fireballs, challenges, tactics and challenges and more.
  • A unique and compelling story told through the environment, text and speech
  • An ingame Editor, you can create, edit and share maps built inside the game, no external tools required.

You can purchase early access to Crystal Rift from the Steam Store and the Humble Store.

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Jamie is currently a student of Waterford Institute of Technology where he studies Multimedia Applications Development. He's always been a huge gamer ever since he owned his first console, the Sega Megadrive

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