Gentle city builder Townscaper is coming to Oculus Quest 2 later this year in a new VR port.
Townscaper received a warm welcome when it launched on PC in 2021, and we think it’s one of the best Android games right now. But the indie gem is about to get a lot more immersive, coming to the Oculus Quest 2 and Pico headphones on October 6th.
The port will directly translate Townscaper to VR systems. No more mouse clicks or screen taps, you’ll be extending toy-like buildings, extending roads and painting cities using your hands.
Watch the announcement trailer below.
Not so much a game as a creative sandbox, Townscaper lets you build picturesque dioramas of the city. Each building you place will automatically merge and adapt to those around it, as stairs, courtyards, and roads organically emerge in reaction to your city’s architectural developments.
It’s all very peaceful. With no objectives to complete, citizen requests to fulfill, or traffic to manage, Townscaper is a city builder in the most literal sense. It’s pretty intuitive too. You can prepare a small floating village in a matter of seconds, or spend hours poring over a flying metropolis, carefully fixing every steeple and alleyway to make it look exactly like this.
Developer Oskar Stålberg teased the port in March of this year, sharing a clip of an early VR build on twitter. In the accompanying thread, Stålberg described some of the difficulties he was facing in bringing the strategy game to VR systems, while also making it feel tactile and instinctive.
Looking at the basic VR design. The current idea is to use a dot on a stick for interaction (instead of a raycast) so you can build in the air. These points also serve as grapple points for grapple navigation. It feels tactile. pic.twitter.com/QvqoJzkn9yMarch 3, 2022
Townscaper will make a change from the other best VR games currently available. But if you’re thinking about switching to VR, you might want to wait. There has never been a worse time to buy an Oculus Quest 2.