With virtual reality (VR) technology still limited in terms of input and motion, some of the most immersive experiences involve the played being seated both in-game and out. This has allowed for some of the best examples of VR’s potential based on racing, space simulation and flight combat. Now it’s time for horse combat, delivered in the form of Valiant, a new VR title from Offpeak Games. This week sees the launch of both a demo and Steam Greenlight campaign for this unique multiplayer experience.
Valiant features eight vs. eight first-person combat in which players charge around on the back of a horse, trying to take the opposition down. Players will cause chaos using a variety of weapons including lances, bows, swords and javelins. Crucially, the title features full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). “We are bringing online combat to VR,” the developer notes on the Greenlight page. “With community and player feedback, we want to create and polish the ultimate in competitive VR experiences.”
The demo, which is compatible with the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) is currently available through the official Oculus VR Share Beta, a software portal for free VR experiences. It is compatible with PC, Mac and Linux. Developed using the Unity engine, the full title is aiming for launch in January 2015. Should the Greenlight campaign prove successful then it will launch on Valve’s digital PC store. VRFocus will continue to follow Valiant’s progress, reporting back with any further updates on the videogames.