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‘Bootstrap Island’ – VR Survival Game Demo Featured at Steam Next Fest

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October 3, 2023, Tallinn.

Tallinn based virtual reality studio Maru VR announced a demo of their upcoming VR game Bootstrap Island, will be featured in the October 2023 edition of Steam Next Fest (Oct 9-16)Steam VR players looking for a challenging and innovative demo during Steam Next Fest (October 9-16) will have the opportunity to get a first look at Bootstrap Island, a Robinson Crusoe-style virtual reality survival game set in the 17th century.

VR gamers who download the demo will awake to find themselves shipwrecked on a mysterious tropical island, where they must quickly learn to adapt and survive by exploring for food and drink, collecting materials to make fire; and surviving the dark night from being eaten alive by ferocious beasts.Focused entirely on PCVR headsets, like Valve Index and Meta (Oculus) Quest PC-link devices; Bootstrap Island offers a realistic survival adventure in an immersive, yet comfortable VR experience designed with minimal menus and natural feeling controls. Some of the game’s features PCVR players can look forward to exploring are: the in-depth systems-based gameplay like tearing open coconuts for nourishment and tinder, realistic and detailed interactions such as striking together flints to create sparks for a fire, a dynamic day and night cycle on the island, finding randomized resources inside locked treasure chests, and the grande finale of witnessing an active volcano erupt.

During the week of Steam Next Fest, a variety of top VR talent including Soul Fox Gaming, Atom Bomb Body, IndieVR, Misery VR, ChickenMeChanga, c0ld vengeance and MrsAllHerShots will all lend their expertise to show off the many facets and pitfalls this roguelike game has to offer. The choices these VR gamers make will be critical to their chances of survival, with every decision perhaps resulting in life or death consequences.

The Maru VR team will also make an appearance during Next Fest on Steam for 2 livestreams scheduled for Tuesday October 10th at 9pm Pacific, and Wednesday October 11th at 9pm Eastern. The developers will be discussing the origins and future development of Bootstrap Island, answering players' questions, as well as sharing a few tropical survival tips.

The Bootstrap Island demo can be played on Steam for free: of the game are encouraged to join the Discord community at and read more about Bootstrap Island at BootstrapIsland.comBootstrap Island is expected to arrive on Steam Early Access in Q1 of 2024, and the full release is set for 2025.About Maru VR:

Maru VR is a leader in Estonian VR development, since 2016 they have produced around 40 location-based VR games and experiences. Currently Maru VR is developing their first full-featured premium VR game ‘Bootstrap Island’ – an intense VR roguelike survival game set in the 17th century.

Their goal is to push the boundaries of VR with new approaches to storytelling, interactive design, and gameplay in order to reach the medium’s full potential.

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