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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Mixed (23 reviews) - 69% of the 23 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (166 reviews) - 79% of the 166 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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January 22

Quick Bugfix Update

Hey gang. Just released a patch because we realized we broke the T-Rex battle at the end of Arcade. Thanks to everyone for pointing it out to us in the forums! That should be hooked back up now and working, and we're trying out something new in this build for you to check out:

Mercenary Loot Drop (Jungle) now has Time of Day turned on. We've added some flashlights to the world. They go in your backpack and you can turn them on and off with the trigger and are held like a weapon (but don't do damage). You'll need them if you survive long enough for nightfall, so make sure to grab one and put it in your pack before it's too dark out!

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January 16

Patch: Swappable Upgrades!, Minor Perf Improvements, and Bug Fixes

By popular demand, we added the ability to remove upgrades and place them on other weapons! This is still very new, but so far seems pretty stable/reliable. We'll probably add some more "zazz" to it later, but right now it works and definitely feels like it was a necessary improvement to that system. All upgrades should be able to be taken off and stored in the backpack or placed directly on another gun. Which brings us to...

The backpack has been completely redone under the hood. It's up-to-date with the new interact system and should be a lot more reliable. I've only seen a couple rare and minor issues with it that I'm working to identify and fix, so if you encounter any weirdness at all please be sure to let us know. It should be a lot more reliable now though.

Your med kits should no longer disappear in the loot drops mission! Thanks to some awesome bug reporting by one of our community members, we were able to easily track down this mystery bug in minutes. YOUR REPORTS HELP US A TON!!!

Added dynamic time of day to the loot drops mission as well. If you're in there long enough, it'll turn to nighttime. We haven't added a flashlight yet so it might be challenging.

I finally put my 970 back in and realized our performance left a lot to be desired. I did a bit of optimizing and made the low settings a little more aggressive. These include:

-"Low Foliage" - reduced the LOD distance scale, so you may notice lower-res trees and such closer to the camera.

-"Low Shadows" - if you select this, we are swapping our fancy sky sphere for the basic (less complex material) Unreal sky sphere. This alone was saving about 1ms.

We also found some "easy win" perf savings from features we weren't using. Generally, we still need to do some optimization on all the foliage to get less overdraw in the level - this is the biggest performance killer.

Those of you with lower-end graphics cards should have an easier time staying out of reprojection using the low settings, though you might also want to drop your resolution to around 110-120 just for a little extra buffer room.

Fixed a trackpad bug where when the movement system enabled, gravity would take over and slide you around - was happening on level loads, getting out of towers, and chopper landings.

Oh also fixed the "Quit" button from the pause menu not actually quitting the game.

As always, if you have any requests or any bugs you'd like us to look at, please be sure to let us know!

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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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