Virtual reality (VR) could bring about a dramatic shift for the real-time strategy (RTS) and tower defence genres. Indie developers Active Brains is looking to be one of the first to capitalise on this potential with the reveal of Active Defence VR. This unique blend of two genres has this week launched a Steam Greenlight campaign hoping to secure enough positive votes to be approved for sale on Valve’s digital PC store on release. If successful then Active Defence VR will launch with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).
Active Defence VR is describe by its developer as a ‘new type of game’ that looks to combine RTS and tower defence titles with elements of first-person shooters (FPS). Players must prevent enemies from reaching specific defence points on a map by placing towers that will attack them. It’s also possible for players to shoot enemies themselves from a first-person perspective. The developer reasons that this balance of tower defence and action makes Active Defence VR a challenging experience.
The title boasts six stages, each of which can be completed on three difficulty levels. Three types of tower feature that can be upgrade to fend off 12 types of enemies. It’s also teased that players will be able to use nine different ‘skills’, though just what this involves hasn’t been revealed. For those interested, a demo of the experience can currently be downloaded from Active Brains’ official website and is said to last between 30 and 60 minutes. A release date for the title is yet to be announced.
VRFocus will continue to follow Active Defence VR, reporting back with any further updates on the project.