Robots seem to be a favourite topic under developers looking to create new experiences for VR. From fighting them in Robo Recall or hiding from them in Budget cuts, to trying to blend in with them through wacky tests in They Suspect Nothing and even exploring a futuristic world as one in the upcoming Stormland. Virtual reality has something to offer anyone looking for a taste of metal parts and circuit boards with their gameplay.
The latest upcoming release to put robots at the front and center is a Job Simulator-style VR game inspired by popular indie game Papers, Please that was released by Lucas Pope through his company 3909, back in 2013. The first-person virtual take on the game, called Border Patrol is being headed by Bloody Zombies developer Paw Print Games and is set to release for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift on June 7th 2018. However, the studio did release a short pre-alpha demo this week to give us a little glimpse of what we can expect from the game.
Border Patrol places you in the role of a booth operator at an AI travel border. AI travel restrictions have recently been instated in the region and so it’s up to you and your fellow checkpoint operators to save the area from any nasty rust buckets looking to enter illegally. As robots check in to be inspected, you’ll be tasked with inspecting them for any contraband – which will change from day to day. You’ll also have to keep a sharp lookout for any shady looking fellows and wanted robots.
The demo follows a single day in the world of Border Patrol and introduces you to how this futuristic reality and the booth controls work.
When going by the description alone, Border Patrol didn’t seem too exciting to me at first. But judging from what we’ve seen so far, it looks like a light, humorous experience full of twists and turns (or gears and ball-joints as it were) with a branching narrative that depends on each interaction you have. So head on over to Steam and give the demo a try.