Belgian Game Spotlight - Painting VR
Painting VR is a painting game made from the ground up for virtual reality devices. The idea is to create a painter's studio where amateur artists can learn how to paint or where the more experienced virtuosos can work on their masterpieces, all without having to clean up any of the mess afterwards.
It's made by Oisoi Studio, a small team from Ghent who had a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds last year and have been hard at work ever since. The game is out now on Meta Quest and Steam VR, but many updates are still planned for the future, like including multiplayer and letting other people visit your studio/exposition.
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Painting VR gives you an entire skatepark to walk around in and allows you to turn it into your very own studio: drop your canvas of your desired size wherever you need it, pick a paintbrush or other tool and start experimenting. It's easy to get started, but you might need some practice if you're going deep on expert techniques.
You can mix paint, use spray cans or even attach your brushes to a crazy rotating magnetic drill: it's all up to you. And the best of all is that it comes with an obvious feature that you won't have in real life: Undo.
(Because we all make mistakes and if you're not named Bob Ross, you might not want to keep the "happy little accidents")
One useful tool is the in-game browser, which you can use to find inspiration after a Google Image Search or to follow an instruction video that tells you the step-by-step tips of learning to paint. It's especially useful if you've always wanted to learn how to paint, but the cost of the materials were keeping you away (as well as the hassle of cleaning it all up).
You can also import your own images and use these to change up the game. One such suggestion would be "paint by numbers"-type templates where the outlines are already present and you only have to colour it in, making for a relaxing experience if your drawing skills aren't yet up to par.
What's especially impressive is how the paint reacts to the canvas and other paint sources around you, it doesn't just change the texture colour of the canvas, but gets added as a new layer on top, making it feel very lifelike.
The studio also promised to bring Multiplayer features to Painting VR, allowing you to work together on the same canvas, or in a more likely situation: have someone mentor you as you each work on your own. Other plans include having an exhibit that you will be able to share with friends.
Painting VR is available now on Meta Quest or Steam VR. You can also check their website or social accounts for community-created masterpieces and perhaps... even start sharing your own!
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Want to keep up-to-date on the game and the studio? Here are a few places you can follow them:
We hope you've enjoyed this feature article and if you're a Belgian game developer yourself, don't be afraid to reach out and maybe we'll spotlight your game next month!