Virtual-O is a new game that brings you the adventures of Orienteering without the need of going to faraway places. Nature will be your only enemy as you will try to navigate the Unknown using map and compass.
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Positive (25) - 92% of the 25 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Dec 7, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early Access gives you the chance to support the development of Virtual-O. You can enjoy hours of game-play on two real orienteering maps. Run prepared courses or make your own with the in-game course builder. You will receive the full game upon release.

Be aware that there are still some rough edges and that certain features are missing. Bugs will be fixed, maps and performance will be improved, and new features and improvements will be added regularly during the next months.

If you want a full, polished experience, we advise you to wait until release. It only makes sense to play an Early Access game if, for instance, you want to support the development of the game, you want to help development with your feedback or if you want to get a taste of things to come.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our plans for release come as part of an ongoing process, scope is influenced by community feedback and we are constantly adding new features and content. When we feel the game is complete we will release the full version.”

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

“The full game will play similarly to the Early Access versions.
Apart from improving core game, main target will be to deliver more maps to players.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is fully playable. Players can enjoy hours of game-play on two real orienteering maps. They can run prepared courses or make their own with the in-game course builder.
User created courses can be shared online. Players can compete and compare their results and route choices with others.”

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

“The price will not be increased upon release. But Early Access rewards will not be included in base version of game after Early Access.”

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

“The community has been involved already since September 2015 when an article on World of O was published. Your feedback is essential for us to make Virtual-O better.
Let us know what you think about the game, what bugs you encountered and what you think could be improved. The more you tell us, the better we can make Virtual-O!”
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August 7

Did you ever wonder why you cannot change course conditions in first run?

Today I would like to explain some competitions/courses concepts.Virtual-O has two different types of courses. Local and Online.

  • it's stored locally on your computer
  • you can create local course in course builder
  • course conditions are free to edit. So you can change game mode, weather, toggle map assistants etc like you want
  • if you will run it result will be not uploaded/stored on the cloud
  • online course is basically a local course that was uploaded to cloud. Other players are than able to download it and compete with others
  • course setter will set conditions that will be enforced for all players in first run. For example Normal game mode (2x faster than reality), no compass, foggy weather etc
  • your first run is uploaded/stored on the cloud so you can compare your results with other players
  • to ensure fair conditions for all players, you cannot change course conditions in first run
  • after finishing your first run Re-run option will appear. In Re-run course conditions are free to edit
Please note that re-run result wouldn't be uploaded to cloud. As only first run offers fair conditions for all players.Here is screenshot of selected course which is ready to perform your first run. It has status Ready and type Online. Conditions are greyed out as they are read-only.

In second screenshot I have selected course where only Re-run is available. Its status is Rerun and type Online. Conditions are now editable.

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August 2

Beta branch update version 0.8.6423.38590 released

Change log:
  • Upgraded Unity to 5.6.2 which solved graphical glitch when screen collapsed to triangles
  • Added new gameplay tips in loading screen
  • Optimized runtime evaluation of symbol map (speed, direction disturbance etc)
  • Updated Steam API to newest version
  • Fixed mouse not reacting problem on computers with touch input
  • Fixed particles
  • Fixed bug of missing trees after exiting course builder. (terrain culling refresh was missing)
  • Optimized runtime footsteps generation
  • Removed weird strips on grass color in Landvetter. Adjusted blueberries tint to remove too green effect.
Converted new symbols in Landvetter:
  • 302 Pond
  • 304 Uncrossable River
  • 421 Fallen Tree (still using only place holder log)
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Founder's Edition

In addition to all features of the full game when it is released, you will have access to special content available to Early Access owners.

  • Exclusive compass: Enjoy the world of Virtual-O with this virtual copy of Str8 Compass.
  • More to come: On the date of final release any content that is considered exclusive or special will be automatically added to your final game free of charge.

About This Game

Virtual-O is a new game that brings you the adventures of Orienteering without the need of going to faraway places. Nature will be your only enemy as you will try to navigate the Unknown using map and compass. And as you will come to realize, environment itself can be a really formidable opponent on its own.

What is orienteering

Orienteering is a sport in which the athletes use a map and a compass to navigate between checkpoints - called controls - in diverse and unfamiliar terrain.

The history of orienteering began in the late 19th century in Sweden, where it originated from military training. The actual term "orienteering" was first used in 1886 at the Swedish Military Academy Karlberg and referred to the crossing of unknown land with the aid of a map and a compass.

As an athlete you must navigate through the entire course from start to finish, visiting all the controls in order. To win, you must successfully decide on the fastest routes between controls, and do so quickly. Choosing an inefficient route can cost you valuable seconds, or even minutes. And you must execute your plan, running through the terrain while using your map reading skills to keep your bearings..

Orienteering can be a lifesaving skill

Getting lost in the wilderness can put you in a life threatening situation. Knowing how to navigate with a map and a compass is not only cool; such skills can and often do save lives.

Realistic simulation

The main objective for Virtual-O is to create a full featured orienteering/navigation simulator that will be accessible for all people – from novice to top level – to improve their navigational skills. It should be sufficiently realistic to provide useful practice even for elite orienteers. Key points include:
  • Realistic running speed model. All features of the terrain affect your running speed in a realistic manner, making the route choice an important decision
  • Full day and night cycle
  • Living and breathing environment
  • Realistic simulation of compass and map
  • Virtual terrains made from laser scans and orienteering maps of real world terrains

State of the art real world terrains

Worlds in Virtual-O are generated from real orienteering maps. They are among the most detailed of any type of map. Here are some features of the rocky map seen in the trailer:
  • Terrain is created from laser scanned data of the area (LIDAR)
  • All objects in the terrain (trees, bushes, rocks, paths etc.) are generated based on the input orienteering map.
  • Contains over 45 000 trees and bushes
All of this results in an astounding amount of detail that corresponds very well to the real world terrain.

New challenges

As your navigation skill improves, you can try new challenges:
  • Night orienteering
  • Create your own courses
  • Train without a compass
  • Special training with limited map (for instance using only contours for navigation)

Easy to learn?

Orienteering is a wonderful sport. But mastering the required skills is not easy. Virtual-O is prepared to help you. You can start with a tutorial or use the provided system of map assistants that will help you handle the map and keep your bearings while taking your first steps into the world of orienteering. It's a system similar to driving assistants in formula/car simulations. You can disable these when you feel you are ready.

Virtual-O supports three different game speed modes to satisfy all levels of players

Press or read something that was written about Virtual-O

1. History of orienteering wiki

System Requirements

    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1) or 64-bit Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 / AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1) or 64-bit Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz / AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 / AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
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