Adr1ft, the game that you may remember as either a lost-in-space simulator or as Gravity: The Virtual Reality experience, is one of the anchors of the Oculus Rift launch. But it won’t be an exclusive forever.
In a post on their official blog, Three One Zero clarified their plans for Adr1ft’s release. While the variety of platforms and services the game is available for has caused some confusion, the developers want to make sure that getting the game is as simple as possible. Folks who purchase the game via Oculus Home will be able to play it either with or without VR. The Steam release will be 2D-only, but anyone who later purchases an Oculus Rift will also receive a free key for the game on Oculus Home.
It’s disappointing to hear that Oculus Home will be a closed system and that Steam versions of games will apparently not work with Oculus, it’s perhaps unsurprising. As for Steam VR support, Three One Zero says ”These are decisions for the platform owners to make. We have no say in that whatsoever. Not even invited to the table read.”
Despite that, they added ”We are working on bringing ADR1FT to other VR platforms. We just aren’t ready to make any announcements about them yet. Soon!” The only other devices coming to market soon are the Steam-compatible HTC Vive and Playstation VR, so the potential platforms for them to work on are limited.
In any case, Adr1ft will be available in both VR and non-VR flavors alongside the Oculus Rift release on March 28.