It's going to be a very tumultuous week for the Kickstarter funded Oculus Rift, who begins shipping out development kits whenever they damn well please (soon). Developers at Oculus announced that despite previously promising Doom 3 BFG Edition would ship with Oculus Rift dev kits, delays have since made that impossible. Instead, Oculus is offering a few options as recompense, including a full refund for those unhappy with Doom 3's absence.
In specific, here are the options that Oculus Rift preorderers and Kickstarter backers can choose from:
- $20 Steam Wallet credit, perfect for buying your next game on Steam (including DOOM 3 BFG Edition without Rift developer kit support if you still want it).
- $25 Oculus Store credit, which can be applied to future purchases at the Oculus Store including Oculus Latency Testers, new Oculus t-shirts, and more Rift development kits.
- A full refund for your pledge. If you’re unhappy with the options above, we completely understand. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll be happy to discuss your specific order or refund your pledge in full.
However, in better news, Valve announced today that they would be updating Team Fortress 2 with a new "experimental virtual reality mode" later this week. The mode, which releases later this week, is compatible with the Oculus Rift and will be available to play when the hardware eventually ships.
Here's what Valve programmer Joe Lugwig had to say about the teams efforts to bring VR compatibility to Team Fortress 2:
"When we first played an early version of Virtual Reality mode in Team Fortress we were blown away by the immersion we experienced. VR is just getting started, but it is going to have a big impact on gaming. This update will let us share that experience with more of the Team Fortress community."
In addition to Team Fortress 2, the Oculus Rift team is working with Adhesive Games to get HAWKEN's virtual reality support running ASAP. Depending on when the Rift launches, it's likely HAWKEN won't be running, but if you've ever played HAWKEN you'll understand VR support is something worth waiting for -- and it won't be a long wait.
To quickly summarize, the Oculus Rift lost Doom 3 BFG support for launch and no delayed date has been supplied. Instead, they gained Valve's support with Team Fortress 2, and hopefully more of their games soon, which could be a much better gain in the long run. HAWKEN is also on its way. If any supporters are unhappy, they have the option for a full refund. Still no update on dev kits shipping out.
Also, the Oculus Rift still looks freaking amazing. Check out the hardware's Kickstarter for more information.