Last week saw the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for a new virtual reality (VR) dedicated videogame named Vanguard Valkyrie. The title, which is developed by Proton Pulse creator Justin Moravetz at Zero Transform, is currently hoping to raise $198,000 USD to fund development. This week has brought a few changes to the title however, as legal disputes caused Moravetz to temporarily pause the campaign and change the title’s name.
The change comes after Moravetz was contacted by EVE: Valkyrie developer CCP Games. Given that both Vanguard V and EVE: Valkyrie are sci-fi titles set in space using VR head-mounted displays (HMD), the developer took issue with Moravetz’s use of the word Valkyrie. Moravetz was quick to act, suspending the Kickstarter campaign while changing the name and all references to Vanguard V. The campaign has already been resumed.
“This one is on me,” Moravetz wrote in an email to Kickstarter backers. “I was hyper focused on getting the title just right that it didn’t occur to me what implications the title may have. I don’t hold a grudge against CCP and I respect that they took a chance on VR like I am.” A video further explaining the situation can be seen below.
That said, Vanguard V might not be the final title for the videogame. The developer has now started an online poll to have fans vote on the project’s name. On top of the current title options include Vanguard V, Vanguard VR, Vanguard Valkyrja and Vanguard Vail. At the time of writing the current Vanguard V name is proving the most popular option, with Vanguard VR following on in second.
Vanguard V still has a long way to go if it is to reach its Kickstarter goal of $198,000 by 23rd August 2014. If all goes to plan then the title hopes to launch on the Oculus Rift VR HMD on PC, Mac and Linux as well as Project Morpheus on PlayStation 4 VR HMD for the launch of both devices. VRFocus will continue to follow the title’s progress going forward, reporting back with any further updates.