Island 359 is a Virtual Reality survival game for the HTC Vive. Players will use the guns, knives, upgrades, and other tools found on the island to survive for as long as they can against hordes of dinosaurs, as they explore the increasingly dangerous island.
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Release Date: Aug 23, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We feel that as VR is in its infancy, it's important that we're able to be a part of the birth of this new entertainment medium. We didn't want to sit on Island 359 and keep it from VR enthusiasts when the market is hungry for new and exciting experiences while we continue to work on it. So we released it as Early Access and have been working with the community as we released two major updates already: SECOND BLOOD and ZERO DARK!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We're anticipating being in Early Access for at least six months, possibly longer, depending on community feedback and how fans react to the releases and planned future content.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We're aiming for a robust selection of Mercenary Modes (challenges that rank you on a Leaderboard). Think of it as "instant action" where you can quickly drop in and kill dinos. We've also recently added an Arcade Mode based on the feedback from players around the world.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We now have multiple humongous levels for players to explore, where they hunt and hide from the dinos, find weapons, ammo, and loot drops. We have two different Mercenary Modes, currently: Loot Drop and Big Hunt. In Loot Drop, players have to keep earning new "Loot Drops" that contain health, new guns, and weapon upgrades. In Big Hunt, players stealthily hunt Raptors and Big Game Dinos like Allosaurs and Triceratops with just a bow and arrow. We've recently added an Arcade Mode that is an easier "pick up and play/demo" type of wave shooter compared to our more complex Mercenary Modes, and we've also recently implemented Global Leaderboards for all of our modes for players to compete on.

We have tons of guns, melee weapons, and gun upgrades for the players to combine, and we've recently also added a player upgrade tree in Arcade Mode that we are about to carry over into Mercenary Mode.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We haven't yet changed the Early Access price to reflect the content expansions with each update that brings us closer to full release, but the price may go up once we hit Full Launch status. We want to be open and transparent with our community, and we'd like to incentivize our fans to buy in early, for the lowest possible price, and stay with us and share their experiences as we grow, and hopefully grow the community along with us!”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We've done regular developer Twitch streams, to show off upcoming features as we're building them out, both playing the new features and showing how we build them. We've been active in the Community forum answering questions and asking for feedback from the community, and we are always reading and listening to what our fans are saying about our past projects online. We want to know what works and doesn't work for you!”
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February 12

An Update on Updates

Hi everyone!

We just wanted to give you an update on where things are at with Island 359’s development since we’ve been a little quiet lately.

We’re still hard at work, but the new year has brought a lot of opportunities for CloudGate and we’re doing our best to manage 359’s production while also following up with these possible leads.

Steve has been exploring full-body awareness in VR using lots of Vive controllers (and a second HMD plugged in to track them).

First Experiment:
Second Experiment:

The implementation is still in the prototype phase, but we’re laying the groundwork for full-body avatars in 359 when the Vive trackers become available to the public in Q2 later this year. We’re designing the system to take advantage of the trackers if you have them, but also not be dependent on them. Ideally, you will still see your arms/torso without feet trackers (we’ll also be looking into chest holsters with this), if you only have feet trackers we will track your full body and try to solve your hips position, but if you also have a hips tracker, we’ll use that as well for the most robust solve possible. This is still a ways off from being shippable, but since we’re all waiting for the hardware anyway, by the time the trackers are out we should have an amazing full-body rig ready for you.

I’m presently a couple weeks into a major AI overhaul for the dinosaurs, it’s been a significant undertaking (and I promised myself I wouldn’t rip the game apart like this again but too late), but it’s becoming a really elegant and expandable system that will hopefully allow us to create more intelligent AI for 359 and future games. In addition to being a single system applicable to all AI (and allowing changes/features to get propagated to all dinos), I’ve tried to make the targeting more generic and allow for AI to interact with each other in various ways. Examples of this include more intelligent raptor communication and predators threatening/attacking prey.

We’ve also got jumping attacks working for raptors now, which is pretty intense. I’m still figuring out solutions for letting raptors attack you when you’re elevated and also need to get to jump onto objects and climb the towers, but this system should make that easier.

Figuring out behaviors and state changes based on the navigation system status has been a huge challenge but it's paying off and a ton of the old issues we were seeing are already resolved.

I have a few dinosaurs in my queue to put in the game, which will add a ton of variety, but I need to finish the AI system first. As soon as the new AI at LEAST reliably back to what is currently in the game, we will probably roll that out and then expand the system with new features in mini-updates/patches.

We’re also in the process of getting an Oculus Touch build working. Thanks to everyone volunteering to test. We’ll let you know when this is ready to go.

We appreciate your patience!

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January 24

Quick Fix: Freezing on Red Death Screen

Had a bug report of hanging on red screens when dying in ranger arcade modes (and potentially other circumstances could cause it as well).

Sure enough, I MESSED UP - SORRY! I forgot to hook something up that was kind of important. Hopefully it didn't ruin too many of your arcade runs. Apologies everyone, keep us informed of bugs you encounter!

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“Island 359 is clearly building a strong foundation for one of VR’s breakout titles. The massive island is empowering to run around and explore in VR and the gameplay mixture of stealth, exploration, and combat, meld together to create one of the most engaging shooters we’ve seen inside an HMD so far.”
8/10 – UploadVR

About This Game

You step off the chopper and into the sweltering heat of the jungle, grab your gear from the old loot drop, and head off in search of fame, fortune, and prehistoric beasts. Nobody knows exactly why dinosaurs have shown up on this remote jungle island, but you know you can take them out. You've been hired as a mercenary to kill as many of these things as possible, and the good news is the checks have all cleared.

Island 359 is a Virtual Reality survival game for the HTC Vive. Players will use the guns, knives, upgrades, and other tools provided to survive for as long as they can against hordes of dinosaurs, as they explore the increasingly dangerous island. You're a mercenary, and the money's no good to you if you're dead, so you're going to need to get back to the chopper for an extraction if you want bragging rights and a fat bank account.

  • Virtual Reality Shooter
  • Mercenary and Arcade Modes
  • Global Leaderboards
  • Multiple Player Movement Systems (Sprint, Teleport, Trackpad)
  • Expansive Levels
  • Realistic Weapons
  • Loot Drops
  • Throwable Melee Items and Explosives
  • Upgradable Weapons and Character Stats
  • Intelligent Dinosaurs
  • Incredible Jungle Presence
  • Chopper Rides
  • Climbable Ladders

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 or newer
    • Processor: Intel i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or greater
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2 or newer, 1x USB 2.0 or greater port
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