Garry’s Mod is one of the first sandbox games to really break big, allowing PC gamers to do pretty much whatever they want — Minecraft before Minecraft, if you like. The sequel is likely to be even more ambitious though, with plans to integrate virtual reality support.
Developed by Facepunch Studios and named for creator Garry Newman, Garry’s Mod lead the way when it came to community driven games development. Although it lacks any objectives, the complete freedom it offers players in designing their own worlds is central to its appeal. A similar level of independence in a follow up but with VR incorporated opens exciting possibilities for expanding the burgeoning field.
“We’re kind of working on a sequel,” Newman says in an interview with PCGamesN. “It’s early days. We’re looking at having more VR stuff in it — that’s the big point of it.”
While further details aren’t yet known, Newman at least adds that “it won’t be called Garry’s Mod 2”.
Originally a mod for Half-Life 2 released in 2004, Garry’s Mod has been available as a standalone release since 2006. Its low cost of entry — it currently costs a meagre £6.99 — and a thriving community making and sharing content has seen it remain a fixture of the PC gaming scene for close to a decade. Creation assets can be used from any installed Source engine game too, with the likes of Portal 2 and Left 4 Dead adding to the possibilities.
Newman apparently hinted that a sequel was planned earlier this year, responding to a question on Twitter asking for VR support with: “Not in Garry’s Mod 1, no”.