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Alien: Isolation MotherVR Mod Impressions

A new Alien: Isolation mod entitled “MotherVR” has brought VR functionality to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on PC. Modder Zack “Nibre” Fannon has taken what once was only compatible with the development kit model of Oculus and ported it to the consumer version.

Alien: Isolation VR mode was previously demoed at E3 2014 leading up to the game’s release. Unfortunately this prototype VR mode was only used for promotional purposes and the feature never made its way into the full release. Last fall, Sega hinted that the game may receive a VR update or re-release, but we haven’t heard anything since.

The feature was still hidden inside of the game’s code, and thanks to Nibre it’s now easily accessible to anyone with a consumer model Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. I had the chance to test the mod with my Oculus Rift, and thought I might share some impressions.

 Alien: Isolation MotherVR Mod Impressions

The 3D depth effect in VR makes for some terrifying encounters with the Alien

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Comments: 9
  1. Corporal Hicks
    That VR isn't "mainstream" or in every household is sort of like saying there's no reason to make VR games at all. Yet VR games exist, which means there must be some sort of market for them.

    Not saying that at all. Just that some companies may consider it too much of a risk for some properties.

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    And Sega wouldn't even have to build the game from scratch, which most VR games have been. This mod's very existence is evidence enough that it didn't take much to transfer the game to the platform. This dude made the mod all by himself without getting paid. All Sega would have to do is work out a deal with him to add VR support to their game. It would be incredibly easy.

    Completely fair point and I'd forgotten things like Value adopting some mods as officially endorsed. Yeah, I can see what you mean with that. Perhaps Sega just aren't as interested in community stuff (which really wouldn't surprise me given the lack of modding support for all the releases under Sega) or hopefully they've got their own VR stuff in the works. IIRC they did express some interest in the possibility in the past.
  2. Iron Infililtrator
    Virtual Reality Alien Isolation was probably the most scariest experiences I've ever had with something the creates the illusion of being near something horrifying. It feels like walking into a deserted area where your friends told you it was haunted, you just feel the dread. How was your experience?

    It was great man. Naturally there were a few bugs and issues but overall, for shorter bursts of play, it's an enthralling Alien experience.

    I think VR is still in its infancy and will come into its own. Prices have already dropped drastically for both the Vive and the Rift. Next year we'll likely start to see some wireless headsets.
    Definitely agree.
  3. RidgeTop
    Virtual Reality Alien Isolation was probably the most scariest experiences I've ever had with something the creates the illusion of being near something horrifying. It feels like walking into a deserted area where your friends told you it was haunted, you just feel the dread. How was your experience?

    It was great man. Naturally there were a few bugs and issues but overall, for shorter bursts of play, it's an enthralling Alien experience.

    I think VR is still in its infancy and will come into its own. Prices have already dropped drastically for both the Vive and the Rift. Next year we'll likely start to see some wireless headsets.
  4. Olde
    That VR isn't "mainstream" or in every household is sort of like saying there's no reason to make VR games at all. Yet VR games exist, which means there must be some sort of market for them.

    And Sega wouldn't even have to build the game from scratch, which most VR games have been. This mod's very existence is evidence enough that it didn't take much to transfer the game to the platform. This dude made the mod all by himself without getting paid. All Sega would have to do is work out a deal with him to add VR support to their game. It would be incredibly easy.
  5. Kimo
    Why I ain't played this game mod in VR due to not having an Oculus/Vive. I really hope something that has Alien(s) in the title comes to PSVR in the near future. One of the best VR horror experience ive had was playing the whole Resident Evil 7 in VR for the first time. It just made me wish for an AlienVR game even more.  :'(

    I agree with what Corporal Hicks says. VR is not main stream enough at the moment, it's still a novelty. The price needs to dramastically drop, and 4K screens need to be the norm for VR. Also Let's hope films like Ready Player One can also boost the sales of VR then we may get a true Alien AAA title made for VR in the near future.

     



  6. Iron Infililtrator
    Virtual Reality Alien Isolation was probably the most scariest experiences I've ever had with something the creates the illusion of being near something horrifying. It feels like walking into a deserted area where your friends told you it was haunted, you just feel the dread. How was your experience?
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