Indie VR Gem ‘COMPOUND’ to Exit Steam Early Access “soon”, Quest 2 Version to Follow
Initially released in early access on Steam in 2018, VR roguelite COMPOUND is slated to get a Quest 2 version following its 1.0 version on PC, its developer says. And that 1.0 version is coming “soon,” developer Bevan “NotDead” McKechnie has now revealed.
Update (June 16th, 2022): McKechnie says in a Steam update that he’s nearing the release of what he calls “by far the biggest update COMPOUND has ever seen.”
Among the new additions (of which there are supposed to be many) some of the highlights include a Giant Minigun, three different story endings, a couple new weapon features such as a new weapon tutorial and handling system, as well as Steam achievements. Admittedly, McKechnie says there’s “much, much more!”
There’s no release date yet, however everything points to a launch right around the corner, as the developer says the 1.0 update is “very close to being ready for release!”
There’s also no word on when a Quest version is due, although you can keep an eye on the game’s public roadmap to follow along. The original article follows below:
Original Article (April 14th, 2022): Though little-known, Compound is the 5th best-rated VR game according to Steam (with an ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ 97% rating) and the 12th best-rated according to Steam250 (which uses its own algorithm to determine rankings).
Created by one-man indie developer Bevan “NotDead” McKechnie, Compound was originally released in early access on Steam in 2018 and has seen slow but steady development ever since. The game is a roguelite with a unique pixel-art style and an arsenal of fun weaponry with which to experiment.
Now that the developer is homing in on the 1.0 release of the game on PC, McKechnie tells Road to VR that he’s planning to build a Quest 2 port of the game once the PC version is complete. Both the 1.0 version of the game and the Quest 2 version are expected to launch in 2022.
Graphically, McKechnie expects the Quest 2 port to be quite similar to the PC version of Compound, thanks to its low-fi art direction.
The game’s public roadmap shows that Compound may also see some updates beyond the 1.0 release, including the possibility of custom level support, more weapons & mutators, and a non-VR version of the game on PC.
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