The Daily Roundup is our comprehensive coverage of the VR industry wrapped up into one daily email, delivered directly to your inbox.  The Daily Roundup is our comprehensive coverage of the VR industry wrapped up into one daily email, delivered directly to your inbox. When we saw Red Matter at a Oculus Connect 4 last year, we were immediately taken in by the adventure puzzle’s wonderfully weird, retrofuturistic vibe.

Now, Madrid-based studio Vertical Robot tells us pre-orders are open today for Red Matter, with launch coming later this month on Rift. Launching on May 24th exclusively on Rift, Red Matter places you in the role of an astronaut from the Atlantic Union who’s tasked with investigating one of a Volgravian top-secret research project located on a distant planet.

From what we’ve played in demos, the game looks to be a highly-polished experience with some pretty strong narrative elements, and a heavy emphasis on object interaction. The design of the game is clearly hearkening to some pseduo-soviet republic, replete with Cyrillic-style script thanks that’s decipherable thanks to your handy translator unit.

As seen in the our OC4 demo, locomotion is fairly unique, offering a point-and-fly style movement scheme that lets you select a place and then jetpack over on-rails at a variable speed—functionally making it a sort of teleportation movement scheme. It’s uncertain if more locomotion options will be available at launch.

“For this game we wanted to create a distinct, out-of-the-ordinary sci-fi world,” says Tatiana Delgado, Vertical Robot co-founder. “We found inspiration in Soviet space race visual propaganda, because of how bold and iconic those images are. Read more from roadtovr.com…

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