'Island 359' Has A Launch Date: The VR Dino Hunt Is About To Begin

Island 359, CloudGate Studio’s inaugural VR title, has a release date. The first virtual reality dinosaur hunting game will be coming to Steam Early Access in just over a week, on August 23.

In late July, we spoke with Steve Bowler and Jeremy Chapman, the two co-founders to CloudGate Studio. Together, they described their upcoming VR game, Island 359, with excitement. The game is a first-person shooter set in the heart of a jungle island that has been inhabited by dinosaurs such as raptors and compys. Your mission is to clear out as many as you can and make it off the island alive. The developers said it isn’t meant to be scary, but these are the same guys that came up with The Brookhaven Experiment, so I’m not sure we can believe that.

During our interview, Bowler and Chapman revealed that the game would be launching through Steam’s Early Access program in the “coming weeks.” Bowler noted that it was simply a matter of Valve’s approval.

It would appear Valve liked what it saw, because the game now has a launch date. You can grab Island 359 on Tuesday, August 23 for $19.99. You will need an HTC Vive to play the game.

 Kevin Carbotte is a contributing writer for Tom's Hardware who primarily covers VR and AR hardware. He has been writing for us for more than four years. 

  • Jeff Fx
    Is the $19.99 a beta-tester discounted price that will go up when the game is done?
  • kcarbotte
    18441147 said:
    Is the $19.99 a beta-tester discounted price that will go up when the game is done?

    That actually isn't clear, but I would expect it to be the case.
  • tcavadias
    This is one game I'll be looking forward to being released.
  • targetdrone
    The price will go up before it goes down a month after release.

    Doesn't anyone remember Planetary Annihilation? $90 beta-test, $30 release, $15 steam sale a month later.
  • Zapin
    Hopefully it is $20 worth of content. I am tired of $10 demos with less than 10 minutes of actual content. I know the user base makes it hard to make money in VR right now but the premium prices being asked for short VR experiences would never be tolerated if they were just regular PC titles.