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Update: Don't have a VR headset? No problem! Play RoVR on your iPhone with ARKit!

We've been playing around with iOS 11's ARKit! If funded, we'll definitely create an AR version of RoVR for your iPhone! Play with your dog in VR and the real world!

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Remember Nintendogs and Tamagotchi growing up? Many of us have fond memories playing pet games at some point. It's now 2017, and VR has opened the door to the next generation of virtual companions!  

RoVR is the first lovingly made VR dog simulator! In RoVR, you can play with, raise, and build a heartwarming connection with your own VR dog! RoVR is for everyone who always wanted a dog, but couldn't have one. This was us growing up, but our parents never let us have one. Even though we could get one now as adults, it's still a lot of work to provide a real dog with a good life! 

So, we decided to build a VR dog not only for ourselves, but so that people who always wanted a dog, could!

In RoVR, you can do lots of fun things with your VR dog! From petting to feeding to going for walks, your VR dog will always be happy to spend time with you!

Who's a good boy?

Like any real doggo, your VR dog also loves pets. Whether it's head pats, tummy rubs, or picking up and snuggling, get ready get lots of love from a very good dog!

Who's a good boy?
Who's a good boy?

 

Tummy rub plz
Tummy rub plz

 

You can pick up your pupper too!
You can pick up your pupper too!

 

Not just a cute face...

Dogs in RoVR aren't just cute - they're extremely smart and perceptive too! We're leveraging powerful machine learning algorithms to create a dog AI that learns how to behave depending on how you act towards it. You'll be able to raise your very own VR dog just like a real dog! The more treats, pets, and love you show your VR dog, the more it will love you each day. 

Om nom nom
Om nom nom

Make sure to feed and bathe your dog too or he might just get mad at you and even refuse to play!

Someone's excited for dinner!
Someone's excited for dinner!

 

Don't worry, I'm gonna shake water all over you after this
Don't worry, I'm gonna shake water all over you after this

RoVR combines incredibly immersive VR technology with an extremely sophisticated AI to create an interactive experience like you've never felt before. For example, you can teach your dog to do tricks in response to custom hand gestures and phrases.  

Doing it for the treats
Doing it for the treats

Like any real dog, you'll have to house train your puppy at first. Be warned, it will take a lot of treats and patience...

Luckily, virtual stains are easier to clean than real ones!
Luckily, virtual stains are easier to clean than real ones!

Train your dog to compete in agility competitions to test your dog's obedience and athleticism.  

Your dog's performance depends on how well you've trained it!
Your dog's performance depends on how well you've trained it!

Feel your heart swell as your VR dog showers you with love for being such a kind owner.  

Nothing better than coming home to nugget at the end of the day!
Nothing better than coming home to nugget at the end of the day!

Explore

We’re building a world for you and your dog to explore (and smell)! Go on serene nature walks by the lake. Visit the local dog shoppe to buy goodies for your buddy. Chat with the various dog owning NPCs in town. There's so many holes to dig and things to sniff!

Explore relaxing natural environments on walks with your dog
Explore relaxing natural environments on walks with your dog

 

 

Explore a town with stores and other dogs to pet!
Explore a town with stores and other dogs to pet!

Activities

Your dog loves to play and have fun! Play fetch in the park! Go swimming in a lake! Throw your dog a birthday party and invite all of its friends! There are so many fun things to do with your VR dog.

Apparently dinosaurs like to play fetch too!
Apparently dinosaurs like to play fetch too!

   

...most of the time, anyways!
...most of the time, anyways!

 

Let's go to the dog park!
Let's go to the dog park!

 

What fun would it be if you couldn't dress your VR doggo up in ridiculously cute costumes and take pictures of them? In RoVR, there are so many different kinds of costumes and accessories to collect and unlock! 

Camera: Want to show off your doggo wearing a cute costume you just bought for it? We gotchu. We're building an in-game camera so that you can share photos and videos of your VR doggo with your friends and family! 

 

Platforms Supported

We are building RoVR to support both the HTC Vive and Oculus platforms. We plan on releasing the beta of RoVR Winter 2017 for both Oculus and Vive. We then plan on releasing RoVR on Steam early access and Oculus Home March 2018.

Reward Tiers 

Soundtrack

We will be composing an original soundtrack for RoVR! We've already begun composing some music including the song "New Beginning" used in our Kickstarter launch trailer. You can also listen to New Beginning on SoundCloud!

 

Although RoVR already has a lot of awesome features and gameplay, we believe that RoVR has the potential to become an even bigger and better game! Consequently, we've planned even more exciting features if we hit our stretch goals that will make the RoVR experience even more special.

3 more dogs!

If our Kickstarter hits 50,000 dollars, we'll add 3 more breeds of dogs into RoVR! Breeds will be selected by backer vote exclusively!

Activity Pack Expansion

We'll add even more ridiculously fun and awesome activities to do with your dog, such as surfing and musical canine freestyle (If you don't know what that is, search videos of it - it's actually amazing)

Multiplayer

Multiplayer is not a part of the base game promised, but we think that it would add incredible depth to RoVR! If we hit this stretch goal, we plan on creating a world where you and your friends can meet up with your dogs and do different activities with each other. Go for a hike in the woods. Compete against each other in the agility arena. Have puppies together... The possibilities are endless and will add immense amounts of fun!

AR Companion App

Take your dog with you on the go with your smartphone! If we hit this stretch goal, we will release an iOS companion app for RoVR that will leverage Apple's new ARKit technology to show your dog in AR! We'll also build this app so you don't have to have a VR headset to play RoVR, and you can still raise an AR dog from you phone!

Mega World Expansion

We want to create a massive world with different kinds of places to see, activities to do, and NPCs/quests to complete with your dog. From the fishing by the ocean to climbing tropical volcanoes, we will create an enormous and varied world for you to explore with your virtual best friend!

5 more dogs + Cats!

RoVR is currently about dogs, but our ultimate goal is to be able to create a world where you can own all kinds of virtual pets! If we hit this stretch goal, we'll make a step towards that by including a couple breeds of cats into the game. Like our dogs, we plan on creating cats that are also extremely smart and perceptive and will act in ways that you'd expect a real cat to act. We can't wait to see what kinds of funny cat videos people will make!

 

Ultimately, development of RoVR depends on our Kickstarter campaign achieving its goal. Due to our limited resources, RoVR cannot be completed if this goal is not met.   

We plan to expand our team to have more programmers to speed up development. As cofounders, we're paying ourselves just enough to cover our living expenses. The vast majority of costs will go towards RoVR.

RoVR is truly our passion project and we've all made incredible personal and financial sacrifices to get to where we are today. We love RoVR, and we hope that you will too!

RoVR was born out of me and Jeremy's senior design project in college. Since then, our little virtual pupper has come so far, and we are more motivated than ever to fulfill our dream of letting everyone own their own VR pet! However, we have gotten as far as we possibly could with the funding and resources that we had.

The current state of indie VR development is really tough - given the relatively small size of the VR headset market, it is really difficult for independent VR developers to create games themselves. This is compounded by the fact that many game publishers are wary of funding VR titles for the same reason. Consequently, there are very few high quality VR experiences out there.

We want to help fix that by producing something that won't just feel like another tech demo, but a fully built out experience that offers deep engaging gameplay and interaction. We are fully invested and believe in the future of VR, and we believe that building extremely polished, well designed VR experiences is the only way to ensure that VR has a promising future!

 

Jeremy and I met our junior year old college in graphics class. After working on some pair projects together, we realized we both were passionate about VR. Consequently, we decided to work on a VR project for our senior design project. Hence, RoVR was born! 

As we continued to work on RoVR, it kept on growing into a bigger and bigger game! We won an entrepreneurship competition with RoVR, and we were eventually accepted into the Play Labs Accelerator at MIT! After receiving some funding, we had Luana and Rohan join our team to help us create the perfect virtual dog.

We are a passionate team of programmers, artists, animators, and most importantly, dog lovers. All of us care deeply about this project and we are working towards a future where everyone have the dog ownership experience through VR! :)

Help spread the word about RoVR!


 

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

VR indie game development comes with a myriad of challenges. From programming to creating art to marketing to business development, there are a lot of moving parts! From a programming perspective, features take time to design, implement, and test. However, we have scoped the features we expect the MVP to have and have set our goals accordingly to ensure we deliver before running out of funding. Combined with our multiple years of game development experience, we are prepared to tackle any engineering challenge that we will face.

The same can be said for art as well. Modeling and animating dogs and accessories is a complex process that requires a lot of time, effort, and communication. However, our deep understanding of the game and experience with creating dog models will ensure we produce the highest quality puppers.

Although dependencies exist between art, programming, and marketing, our strong communication skills allow us to best optimize parallelizing tasks blocks are minimized.

With creation of physical goods, there is always the risk of things going awry such as needing time to find the right manufacturer or shipping complications. However, we promise to make prudent choices that will result in high quality goodies that you will be happy with.

Although our team is officially 4 members, we have a huge network of connections and mentors with experience in tons of areas relevant to running a game studio. Our mentors have helped us get this far, and they will continue supporting us to make sure we deliver upon our promises to you all.

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    VR DOG LOVER

    Thank you so much for supporting RoVR! We'll put your name in the credits and provide you digital downloads of a backer exclusive RoVR wallpaper and the soundtrack!

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    EARLY DOG SPECIAL!

    The early dog gets the bone! Save 5$ on a digital copy of RoVR! Hurry before the early doggos are all gone!

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    PROUD ROVR OWNER

    Adopt your very own VR dog! Receive one copy of RoVR for SteamVR. Comes with previous tier rewards.

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    BETA PUPPY PARENT

    Get access to the beta (Winter 2017) and meet your dog earlier! Help us improve RoVR! Comes with previous tier rewards.

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    VR DOG TRAINER

    Get awesome backer exclusive RoVR merch! Receive a RoVR t-shirt and adorable RoVR stickers! Comes with previous tier rewards.

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    VR DOG WHISPERER

    Receive an official RoVR plushie and a backer exclusive in-game dog costume! Also receive a hand written thank you postcard from the team! Comes with previous tier rewards.

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    ROVR DESIGNER

    Design a custom in-game dog *costume! Send us a rough sketch or description and we'll make your costume and have it be named after or by you! Also have your name be put on an in-game plaque! Comes with previous tier rewards.

    *Applies for only one breed of dog

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    • Your name on an in-game plaque
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    • RoVR Plushie
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    • RoVR Stickers
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    IN-GAME ROVR RESIDENT

    Become a resident of the world we're building! You will become an NPC that players can interact with in-game! Comes with previous tier rewards.

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    • Become an NPC in RoVR and name it after you
    • Design a VR dog costume
    • Your name on an in-game plaque
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    • RoVR Plushie
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    ROVR DIRECTOR

    Join a design discussion with the team! Send in a sketch or description of your idea and receive an invite to an hour long design discussion with us over video conference. Or, help us design/implement a feature! Also, have your name be placed on a large, golden, in-game plaque for our most generous pledgers! Be credited as a director in the credits! Comes with previous tier rewards.

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    • RoVR Plushie
    • RoVR Stickers
    • Backer Exclusive Dog Costume
    • Hand Written Thank You Postcard
    • Early Beta Access
    • Backer Exclusive RoVR T-shirt
    • Digital Copy of RoVR (PC/Steam)
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    EXECUTIVE ROVR PRODUCER

    Come celebrate the launch of RoVR with us!!! Receive VIP guest attendance at the RoVR launch party!! *Visit the office and live stream playing RoVR with us! Get dinner with the RoVR team! Includes ALL previous rewards!

    *Travel not included

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    ROVR CREATOR

    Create a RoVR dog alongside our team! Whether it's a VR version of your own dog or of one you've always wanted, we're excited to make a dog with you! Be credited as a creator in the credits. Bundled with all previous rewards!

    Includes:
    • Design and create a VR dog!
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    • 10× Backer Exclusive Dog Costume
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