2014 has seen the popular Ace Combat flight combat simulation series go free-to-play in Ace Combat Infinity on PlayStation 3. Sadly what the series hasn’t yet seen is virtual reality (VR) support, something that could well be an ideal fit for the titles as players sit in the cockpit of their aircraft. But while Project Aces’ franchise is yet to see VR integration, this week sees the reveal of a similar flight simulator that already offers Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) support. That title is Raiders Sphere 4th.
This Japanese flight combat simulator from indie developer Rectangle has now launched a Steam Greenlight campaign, seeking to be approved for sale on Valve’s digital PC store come full release. Set in the distant future where humanity has managed to establish life on the planet of Venus, players are cast as ace pilot Sonic Venus, searching for her missing father. Players will pilot a variety of craft across sprawling urban environments, over vast seas and more as they uncover a plot that goes beyond family heritage.
The developers note that the title has indeed been inspired by the likes of the Ace Combat series. Interestingly, the Greenlight description for Raiders Sphere 4th note that the actual development of the title is completed. All that’s needed is a localisation that should be finished within ‘the next few weeks’, although a specific date is yet to be given. Along with Oculus Rift support the title features integration with other 3D displays. VRFocus will continue to follow Raiders Sphere 4th, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.