After much deliberation and hours of playtesting, I finally got the helm (the ship's steering wheel, for lack of a better phrase) just right! I originally thought the helm would control the ship, like the driving mechanic in LA Noir VR, but from what I've seen, it causes motion sickness, and the player will just get lost in the open sea. Now, instead of moving the ship directly, when the player grabs the wheel, a little menu pops up above it, and an arrow appears at the top of the wheel. The menu consists of miniatures of the different islands you can go to, and turning the wheel highlights the one the arrow is pointing at. If you hold the wheel pointing to a place for a certain amount of time, you, along with the ship, will "teleport" to that island.
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