Sci-fi racing titles could be looking to make a comeback with the arrival of virtual reality (VR) videogames thanks to the likes of Tammeka Games’ Radial-G. This week has seen another entry in the genre pledge support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display. That title is Vector 36 from indie developer Red River Studio. In addition to confirming VR support, the title has also launched a Steam Greenlight campaign to be approved for sale on Valve’s digital store.
Vector 36 is a unique first-person racing experience set on the surface of Mars. Players are able to build and then customise their vehicles in great detail as they take part in the Vector Series Races. The developer claims that vehicles are driven purely by physics and dynamics, only responding to the player’s tuning and inputs. Races will be subject to a range of unpreditable events such as weather effects and environmental hazards. As players climb the series ranks they will gather and be able to buy new parts.
It’s not yet clear when Vector 36 might launch, but when it does it will feature multiple modes, with the developer teasing room for expansions. An online component will allow playerts to trade parts and currency as well as visit online shops and tuning garages. It’s the developer’s aim for players to ultimately have ‘almosy unlimited configuations for craft’ with many different parts to collect.
VRFocus will continue to follow Vector 36 going forward, reporting back with any further updates to the title’s progress.