Pixel Maniacs, developer of ChromaGun is currently working on a port to bring the game to PS4 after an announcement made on Reddit. Many redditors took the opportunity to suggest that the company expand the puzzle-shooter’s platforms to include the console’s under-used VR platform.
ChromaGun Is Colourful And Deadly
ChromaGun, dubbed ‘Portal but with colours’ (despite the lack of portals), seems rife with potential to work great as a VR game. An idea vehemently supported by the Reddit community. ChromaGun has been a commercial and critical success. It has humble beginnings, starting life as a mobile game on iOS back in September 2015. Then it moved to Steam in February 2016. Given that ChromaGun has been ported once already, hopefully this won’t be too arduous a task for the developers.
Players will be able to control a paint gun that fires red blue or yellow paint. Mixing and matching any of the primary colours will create they one they need to solve puzzles. Firing colours at the walls attracts unfriendly WorkerDroids that wear the same colour. Players will have to use the titular ChromaGun to navigate fiendishly difficult puzzles… And achieve the simplest of goals – exiting the room. It’s harder than it seems and may be even more so in a VR space.
Porting Is Hard And Can Take Longer Than Anyone Thought
There’s always a possibility of a stall occurring with any port. Pixel Maniacs’ spokesman, Benjamin Lochmann, commented on Reddit:
“We can’t 100% guarantee it will make it to the store. As a small indie studio, we have to be economical, unfortunately. So if the port turns out to be too expensive, we might have to cancel it. However, I’d say we have a pretty good idea of how much work it’s going to be. Right now it’s looking good.”
Hope is a good thing to have for a game that’s already released to critical and commercial success. But it’s not worth getting too invested in the possibility just yet. On the other hand, Pixel Maniacs are clearly engaging with their community over at Reddit and seem keen to make the port work. Creative Director, Steve Crouse is committed to the port, having had the graphics, lighting, sound effects, models and textures all completely revamped. It’s unlikely they’ll sink in all that effort without a strong plan to see ChromaGun through to the PS4.
The Best of Both Worlds
Porting ChromaGun to VR may prove to be a bit more difficult given the smaller market. The Playstation VR retails at approximately £350. With that price tag it’s a wonder that Sony have sold over 915,000 headsets since last October. But that’s still a drop in the bucket compared to the 60 million plus Playstation 4 consoles that have been sold. Pixel Maniacs have said ChromaGun’s VR will be an optional extra when the port is complete and not until some time after the PS4 launch. That wouldn’t be the worst thing. Thumper, RE7, and Rez are all successful VR games that are playable with or without the headset so it would put ChromaGun in good company. And it’ll let players decide whether or not they want to try the full ChromaGun experience in VR or not.