Penn Jillette reveals that notorious simulation title Desert Bus is going to receive a VR sequel, with Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford on board to help with development.
Over the course of the year, a number of highly anticipated sequels to popular video games are being released. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is set to launch in April, whilst Gears of War 4 is also going to be released. Now, another sequel has been announced, but it’s hardly a follow-up to a gaming classic. Instead, gamers can brace themselves for the next iteration of the notorious Desert Bus.
Penn Jillette, one half of the magician duo Penn & Teller, revealed the news of the Desert Bus sequel. The original game initially appeared in Penn & Teller’s unreleased 1995 Sega CD game Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors, and went on to become a piece of cult gaming history. Jillette revealed the news on his podcast, Penn’s Sunday School.
However, there’s more than just Jillette on board for the project, with Gearbox studio head Randy Pitchford also getting involved. “I’m working with Randy Pitchford,” explained Jillette on the show, before continuing to confirm that “we’re going to do a new Desert Bus.” What’s more, the game is being planned for development for VR headsets, with Jillette suggesting that the game will be available on Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR.
Desert Bus 2 is not the only project that Jillette and the Gearbox chief have on the go, however, with Jillette stating that the title will be just one of many games heading into development. What’s more, this bundle of games is likely to be available only for charities, with Jillette stating that “charities can use it to raise money.” The first Desert Bus has become a darling of the charity scene, raising thousands of dollars at charity gaming events in the past.
Given the subject matter of the original, which consisted of an eight-hour drive from Tuscon, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada, many could suspect that Desert Bus 2 is likely to be the least exciting game available for early VR adopters. However, given the potential for immersion with VR gaming, perhaps the title will be able to offer up a truly authentic simulation of a long, lonely bus drive. Who knows: maybe the game will be able to answer some of life’s existential questions.
Over recent years, it seems as though nostalgia for cult releases has grown tremendously, with games such as Shaq Fu receiving fan-funded sequels. With Desert Bus also getting a follow-up, don’t be surprised to see more of the most notorious games of the nineties re-appearing any time soon. Hopefully, however, Desert Bus 2 will be able to raise plenty of money for charity – and maybe give the gaming community some laughs along the way.