Last weekend VRFocus reported on the release of a new trailer for VR Karts, an upcoming racing videogame from UK-based indie developer Viewpoint Games. The footage showcased new gameplay from the title, which has been created specifically for virtual reality (VR) technology. Now the developer has launched a Steam Greenlight campaign for VR Karts which, if successful, will ensure that the title will launch on Valve’s digital PC store with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).
As the description for the Greenlight campaign reveals, VR Karts boasts both single and multiplayer modes in which players compete for first place. Online modes will be supported with leaderboards for players trying to score the best lap times. Both the vehicles themselves and the player’s avatars can be customised while weapons and other pickups will also feature. The title boasts a bright, cartoon-esque visual style similar to that which can be seen with other popular entries in the genre such as Mario Kart.
The campaign also reveals that Viewpoint Games is planning an Early Access version of VR Karts. Pending the success of the Greenlight campaign this pre-release version will be arriving in the first quarter of 2015, meaning it should launch very soon. Following on from there the studio hopes to launch the full version of the title in late 2015. No doubt that the developer hopes this will be when the consumer version of the Oculus Rift (CV1) is finally released, giving it access to the consumer market.
Currently VR Karts is optimised for both the first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2) of the Oculus Rift, with support for steering wheels also included. There’s currently no word on if the title could come to other HMDs. VRFocus will continues to follow VR Karts, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.