Imagine waking up and finding your dorm room dark and empty. In order to escape through the ramshackled hallways, you must outrun a villainous engineering student.
This is the premise of “The Hauntlet,” a virtual reality game designed by the Embry-Riddle Game Development Club at the Daytona Beach Campus. Club members spent the last seven months developing their own video game with a scary twist and released it to the campus during a demo on campus last month.
By using photographs of the university’s dorms, the students created a 3-D model of the residence buildings. The game takes on a real-life quality when played with Oculus Rift headsets, which use state-of-the-art displays and optics to create an immersive viewing experience.
In the video, the 3-D dorm rooms and hallways are empty and dark and filled with paper and debris. The player must find his or her way out by collecting notes on the walls before being caught by the villain patrolling the hallway.
“Our goal was to give students a very immersive experience that increased how real it seems,” said Game Development Club member Chris Fahey. “The challenge was to make it practical, but for it to look really good.”
The game uses an Xbox controller and can be played without the Oculus headset. Fahey said the club may release the game to students after it is finalized later this year.
The club is also laying the initial groundwork for another game titled “Riddle Racers,” which will be similar to “Mario Kart” by allowing multiple players to race cars. “Riddle Racers” will mark the first multi-player game that the club has designed.
Fahey, an aerospace engineering student, said that virtual reality goes beyond gaming and can be applied to may real-life applications. He is also the founder of the startup IsoVirtual Solutions that provides 3-D architectural modeling services to various clients.
“By using virtual reality to visualize 3-D environments, you can get a better sense of a place,” Fahey said. “My startup was inspired by the work I’ve done in Game Development Club.”
To inquire about the Daytona Beach Campus, call 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416 or email DaytonaBeach@erau.edu.