The gentle city builder Townscaper is coming to Oculus Quest 2 later this year in a new VR Port.
Townscaper was warmly received when it was released for PC in 2021, and we consider it to be one of the best Android games currently available. But this indie gem is about to get a lot more engaging, coming to Oculus Quest 2 and Pico headsets on October 6th.
The port will directly translate Townscaper to VR systems. No more mouse clicking or screen tapping, you’ll stretch toy-like buildings, extend roads, and paint cities with your hands.
Watch the announcement trailer below.
Not so much a game as a creative sandbox, Townscaper lets you construct adorable city dioramas. Any building erected will automatically connect and adapt to the surrounding buildings as stairs, courtyards and roads grow organically in response to your city’s architectural changes.
Everything is very calm. With no goals to follow, citizens’ requests to meet or traffic management, Townscaper is a city builder in the truest sense of the word. It is also quite intuitive. You can create a small floating village in seconds, or spend hours poring over the flying metropolis carefully tinkering with each tower and alley to make it like that.
Developer Oskar Stålberg teased the port in March this year by releasing a clip from an early version of VR Twitter. In the accompanying thread, Stålberg outlined some of the difficulties he faced in bringing the strategy game to VR systems while making it tangible and instinctive.
Looking at a basic VR project. The current idea is to use an interaction point on a stick (instead of a raycast) so that you can build in the air. These points also serve as capture points for navigation. It feels tangible. pic.twitter.com/QvqoJzkn9yMarch 3, 2022
Townscaper will introduce a change from the other best VR games currently available. But if you’re thinking of moving to VR, you can wait. There has never been a worse time to buy Oculus Quest 2.