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Crumbling releases first VR-demo

“It’s action time! Woosh! Bam! Pow!” – this is how the official trailer adequately announces the freshly released demo of the third-person action-roguelike “Crumbling” by Games Lift Alumnus Ole Jürgensen and his team.

Crumbling lets players experience adventures and defeat enemies with action toy figurines using a unique third-person movement system - in VR. The story is set in the Crafts & Comics store which is in peril after the evil minions of Böse Corp. have stolen the magic that makes their enchanted figurines come to life in order to amass an army of vicious toy monsters. In order to win the fight, reclaim the magic and save the store, players must wield these extraordinary action figurines called “the Crumblings”. Their fate is in your hand – literally!

“People typically think of VR as being limited to first-person games, but we realized it had a huge potential for third-person action where you use the motion controls in conjunction with your all encompassing surroundings,” says Crumbling creative director Ole Jürgensen. “I loved playing with action figures as a kid, so the idea of doing so with magical toys that could come alive was always a fantasy of mine. VR offers the opportunity to bring this vision to life in a way that feels utterly intuitive and charming. We’re very excited for people to try Crumbling for themselves and understand what makes it such a unique experience.”

Ole Jürgensen and his team set the foundations of their game's concept during their time in our Games Lift Incubator program of 2020 – finishing with a first glimpse of the gameplay at the Games Lift Graduation event in December 2020. Subsequently they qualified for a grant in our Prototype Funding program 2021 which allowed them to continue focusing on the development of their first VR game.

Their freshly released first public demo, available via Steam and Sidequest, introduces the setting via an interactive comic book and lets you experience the gameplay in a tutorial and the first world of the game, consisting of five different dioramas. The release of the full game via Steam and the App Lab is planned this year. You can follow all news on Crumbling on their website  and Discord server.

And even if you don’t own one of the supported VR headsets (Oculus Quest 2 and Oculus Rift S) you can get a first glimpse in the accompanying trailer:

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