Let’s be honest here, it’s pretty hard to stay objective about Budget Cuts after it’s amazing demo came out in 2016. That one demo has managed to create such hype for the game, that even after two years of almost absolute silence from developer Neat Corporation, people are still extremely excited about the game. Now that’s how you make a demo ladies and gentlemen.
Even so, we’ve seen many amazing games and advancements in the field of VR gaming from developers these past two years. So even though Budget Cuts felt ahead of its time back in 2016, that might not still be the case now, but judging from what the team at Neat Corporation is showing off at this year’s GDC 2018 event, I seriously doubt it.
The studio has been hard at work (in stealth mode) on their stealthy action game all this time and is finally ready to reveal the product of all their toil. This following a new sneak peek revealed by developer Joachim Holmér on Youtube just last week.
Here’s the first new gameplay footage of Budget Cuts in two years:
We’ve also finally gotten a release date for this much-anticipated game, and Neat Corporation have revealed that Budget Cuts will release for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift on Steam and the Oculus Store on May 16th – reportedly with a $30 price tag. Which might, at first seem steep for a debut VR game, considering the content currently out there, but the studio has also said that the game will be around 7 hours long. That depends on how you play it too of course, because you could try to finish the game entirely in stealth mode which will obviously take longer than the direct approach. But it also affords the game replayability of course.
And that’s something this game definitely offers – choice. As you might recall, or not if you weren’t familiar with Budget Cuts before now, the game is set in a futuristic office setting where robots patrol around – for some reason. But that can’t stop you now because it’s imperative that you find your job application. Absolutely the most important thing. So you sneak around by using a Portal-esque feature where you point a gun at where you want to go which then fires a ball that lets you see into that area. You can then choose to warp there, looking in any direction you want. It’s definitely a unique form of teleportation, and a central feature of the game, according to the developers. Which is why you shouldn’t even expect smooth locomotion to be implemented at any point in this game’s development.
The game offers action too, in the form of you taking out the robot sentries with stuff found around the office as well some more dangerous weapons. Or you could just knock them out if you’re against human on robot violence. According to the developers, you can expect all this and more of what you remember from the demo, including challenging puzzles, stealth and a lot of tongue in cheek humor.
So make sure to mark down the 16th of May on your calendar as Budget Cuts day because I – for one – will be doing nothing else that day. For now, you can replay the Budget Cuts demo to soothe the waiting ache. Or play it for the first time if you haven’t yet. It’s available for free on Steam.