We may not know exactly when we'll be playing with the Oculus Rift, nor do we yet know the price for the privilege, but we're starting to get a picture of what the bundle will include. Oculus just announced that Lucky's Tale will come with the Rift.
Lucky's Tale is an Oculus exclusive platformer title being developed by Playful. If features Lucky, a cute animated fox, and a bright colorful world reminiscent of games such as Banjo Kazooie, Mario 64 or Crash Bandicoot.
A third person game doesn't seem like a natural choice for VR, but everyone that has tried the game seems to "get it." Tom's Hardware's Rexly Peñaflorida took a look at Lucky's Tale in June of this year and said that all of his "doubts about the Lucky's Tale were erased after actually sitting down and playing the game."
The founder and CEO of Playful, Paul Bettner, was actually one of the original backers of the Oculus Rift Kickstarter campaign. He put down $5,000 and received a visit to the Oculus headquarters in 2012; his team has been working on VR prototypes ever since. Oculus said Playful's "passion for creating fun, awe-inspiring VR games shows in one of the most unique experiences that will launch on Rift next year."
Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, said:
"We always believed there was an opportunity for platformers in VR, but it wasn't until playing Lucky's Tale and working with the Playful team that we truly realized its potential to change how people view this genre of gaming forever. Lucky's Tale delivers on everything you want in a next-generation VR game -- it's thrilling, full of adventure, and incredibly fun to play."
The Oculus Rift VR HMD is set to release in the first quarter of 2016 with pre-orders opening sometime soon after the new year. It may be a couple of months until we get to play with the headset, but at least we'll be getting software with the bundle.