Your missing sister, an ancient machine, and a sinister presence await within The Gallery, an episodic, built-for-VR game inspired by dark 80’s fantasy films. Step into a VR adventure with groundbreaking new game mechanics, in a forgotten world filled with bizarre characters and wonder.
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Release Date: Apr 5, 2016

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January 6

Welcome Oculus Touch!

Call of the Starseed now officially supports the new Oculus Touch controllers. When you launch the game next, you’ll be able to choose between the OpenVR and OVR runtimes, the former being intended for Vive players and the latter for Oculus Touch users.

The OVR version of Call of the Starseed also features a number of bug fixes, as well as our new Hand Presence update with new hand poses, inclusivity options, Blink features, and more. Call of the Starseed with Oculus Touch supports standing 180, limited 360, and roomscale playmodes. If you have your sensors set up to support Oculus roomscale, you’ll be able to play Call of the Starseed just as you would with the Vive. If you don’t, we’ve added a few new features to make the game more comfortable for forward-facing mode as well, such as a new force grab and frustum fade.

As well as the new Oculus Touch support, developers and businesses will also notice a new arcade licensing option to bring our mind-blowing first episode of The Gallery to VR Arcades.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be continuing support by adding haptic feedback and additional Touch controller hand poses for OVR, plus we’ll be bringing the Hand Presence Update and new features to OpenVR for Vive owners. If you come across any bugs while playing in the meantime, please submit a report using our online form. You can find our full changelog and notes below.

Adventure awaits!




Changelog v1.2 (Native OVR in Steam w/o Oculus DRM)

  • Upgraded to Unity v5.4.2f2, using most recent Rift SDKs
  • Oculus Achievement support added with in-game toasts (butter not included)
  • Removed DRM/Entitlement check for this Native OVR version on Steam (note: using this build with the Rift still requires logging into Oculus Home, it just doesn't require a purchased Home key)
  • Complete hand system overhaul
  • Improved hand poses, additional new poses for some items
  • Improved hand physics and interactions with items
  • Customizable hand sizes and textures in settings
  • HDR support for improved visual quality with Rift in settings
  • Performance boosts in scenes and systems now can run on GTX 960 or equivalent
  • Fixed bug when starting a new game would sometimes go to an empty skybox with sound (good for meditation, not adventure)
  • Ability to switch between grip/trigger/both for use and grab functions
  • Mirrored option for lefty/inverted controller mapping of every game function
  • Added new Blink mode for Rift called "Consolidated" (default but can change in settings)
  • Added new Blink presentation called "Projectile" (default but can change in settings)
  • Added comfort mode for consolidated Blink mapping when not actively Blinking
  • Added comfort mode turn degrees in settings
  • Added Rift room configurations on first play (camera setup)
  • New Standing 180 configuration has a floor indicator and frustum fade if turned away from forward direction
  • Limited standing configurations make grabbing distant objects much easier
  • Fixed bug with chomper persisting in other levels
  • Fixed GUI selection issues
  • Fixed up some backpack GUI item alignment issues
  • Temporarily disabled flick gesture on lighter (will be fixed in future Oculus SDK)
  • Added better notification for keeping HMD steady while about to load into a level
  • Temporarily disabled "Ocean Lullaby" achievement until we make the tent larger (kudos to those who attempted!)
  • Fixed issue with two instances of headclip checks existing on the player
  • Renamed "HMD Resolution" to "Supersampling" in settings
  • Changed the wording for intro tutorial and listening to the correct inputs now
  • EULA will only ever pop up once for the user instead of every load (use trigger to grab scrollbar and drag down to accept terms)
  • Fixed issue with hex not rotating in final scene
  • Fixed missing background geo in cave scene
  • Improved magnet gun issues
  • Fixed missing cable textures in lab
  • Fixed issues with hand textures missing in final scene
  • Added some missing ramp components that made Blinking difficult
  • Fixed some broken textures in some scenes and objects
  • Moved some blink colliders back to improve reaching for non-roomscale configurations
  • Disabled Persistent Blink Bounds temporarily until Guardian bounds data is integrated
  • Fixed visual clipping issue with settings menu inside of geo (now is overdrawn)
  • Added new system to calculate accurate user height without explicit calibration

NOTE: To prevent unwanted clipping on scene initialization, user must put on HMD and keep head relatively steady before the game will fade from a black screen.

NOTE: Some users may experience slight hand jitter during slow yaw rotations with decent framerate, please file a bug report with your system specs so we can resolve this issue.

NOTE: Touch haptics are currently disabled in this version until we can properly port the Vive haptics and clips we've established prior to this.

NOTE: Added notification on title screen to notify users without any sound to switch audio playback to "Rift Audio" in Windows.

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October 27, 2016

It's awards season! We won Best Narrative and more nominations.

For those who missed the news, Call of the Starseed won Best VR Narrative Experience at this year’s Proto Awards—the closest thing the VR industry has to an Oscars ceremony. We’ve been honoured enough to have won an award every year since its inception in 2014; first for Best Sound Design, and then for Most Transportive Experience last year.

This year, we were nominated for two Proto awards: Best Game, and Best Narrative Experience. For Best Narrative, we were up against some of the best-told stories in VR, including Google Spotlight Stories’ touching film Pearl. On top of that, we were the only game to be nominated for the Narrative award (the other nominees were films and passive experiences), an absolute honour in and of itself. While Space Pirate Trainer deservedly took home Best Game, we were proud to have won an award so dear to us as a narrative-driven experience.

We’ve also been nominated for a 2016 TIGA award—one of the biggest videogame awards to come out of Europe. There, we’re in the running for Best Debut Game, as well as Audience Choice Game of the Year which you can vote for over on the TIGA website. Voting closes on October 31, so go quick!

Lastly but not leastly, Call of the Starseed is a finalist for nine, count ‘em NINE, Canadian Video Game Awards across a whole whack of categories, including Best Game Innovation and Game of the Year. It’s been an amazing six months since launch, and to be recognized by both our VR peers and our countrypeople is an unbelievable honour. Thank you to everyone who’s supported us along the way.

You can check out Denny’s Proto Awards acceptance speech over on Youtube; and don’t forget you can vote for us as your Game of the Year on the TIGA website, or as your favourite Canadian-made game on the CVA website too. We’d do it ourselves, but we’re only allowed one vote.

Love, Cloudhead Games

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Reviews

“My favorite Vive game so far, The Gallery: Call of Starseed, exemplifies the capabilities of the hardware and VR in general.”
PC Gamer

“By the end I was literally awe struck standing in the middle of my living room, mouth agape, desperately wishing for more. Call of Starseed may very well be one of the, if not the, most polished VR game I’ve ever played.”
Upload VR

“Gallery’s greatest strength is capturing the breathless feeling of a Goonies-esque adventure. It’s exhilarating (and sometimes frightening) to physically tread across abandoned beaches and crawl through strange old sewers. And that’s only the beginning of a ride that gets a lot more fantastical as it goes on.”
Kotaku

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About This Game

The Gallery is an episodic, fantasy exploration game built for virtual reality, inspired by the mystery of dark 80’s fantasy adventure films.

The Gallery - Episode 1: Call of the Starseed ™


A strange message left by your mischievous twin sister, Elsie, will draw you into a mysterious journey filled with bizarre characters, a sinister presence and awe inspiring adventure. Along the way, you will be assisted by a helpful yet unhinged Professor who may harbor ulterior motives of his own. Your search for Elsie will lead you to a cosmic machine that wields incredible power and it will test your will against the forces of a shadowy figure who resides within it.


  • Become the hero and experience a deeply immersive adventure inspired by the dark 80's fantasy films we know and love.

  • Enjoy groundbreaking gameplay designed specifically for VR with a full-room scale support experience, 1:1 hand tracking, and made for VR interactions that will have you moving, sitting, standing. crouching and crawling.

  • Challenge your wit and curiosity solving puzzles and diving into detailed worlds; looking in, under, over and around every nook and cranny.

  • Traverse through mysterious environments with comfort and ease, using Cloudhead's dynamically scaling BLINK locomotion system.

  • Cutting edge positional audio and spellbinding soundtrack by award winning composer Jeremy Soule.

Blink Locomotion System Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwZt2jRE8PY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R0TVLGne3U

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4590
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 970 OR AMD Radeon R9 290
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Additional Notes: scaleable roomscale volume on the HTC Vive
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 980
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Additional Notes: scaleable roomscale Volume on the HTC Vive
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