One genre that hasn’t seen much love in the virtual reality (VR) space thus far is the classic top-down shooter experience. The category has spawned countless classic videogames but admittedly doesn’t seem immediately suited to VR. Indie developer Soverance Studios is out to prove that assumption wrong, however, with its upcoming title Endless Reach. The title, which features support for the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD), has recently launched a pre-release version.
The early edition of Endless Reach can currently be downloaded on the official Oculus VR Share Beta on PC. As the developer explains, the title is a “2.5D shooter that places you in control of a powerful starfighter charged with cleansing the Reach of an evil alien race. The game features 10 exciting levels, 6 different enemy types, 5 visually stunning fire modes with an overload feature, and a high-quality techno soundtrack by local Atlanta artist, Shiny Baubles.”
Interestingly, Endless Reach will spawn more enemies the more the player dies. Players will have to avoid enemies as they build their arsenal through various upgrades to fight back.
“We’re extremely excited to bring a version of Endless Reach to virtual reality, and help usher in a new age of shmups! We’d love to hear your initial feedback on our beta version as we work to make this the best experience we can,” the developer said of the Oculus Rift support. Endless Reach is also currently running a Steam Greenlight campaign for sale on Valve’s digital store come full release.
VRFocus will continue to follow Endless Reach going forward, reporting back with any further updates.