Those that have been following VRFocus over the past few months may well have heard of Life of Rome from Breakout Studio. This ambitious massively multiplayer online role-playing (MMORPG) experience aims to allow players to set foot inside ancient Rome with the aid of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). This week sees Breakout Studio launch an IndieGoGo crowd-founding campaign for its title, looking to raise some £10,000 GBP in order to bring it to PC in the future.
Life of Rome takes players back to 320AD and allows them to choose between two factions: the Roman State or the Barbarian Rebels. However, unlike many MMOs, players are able to switch factions throughout their time with the videogame, albeit not on a daily basis. With a side chosen, players can explore a 15km2 rendition of Rome that has been created using the ‘Rome Reborn’ model, a digital map of the ancient city created by Professor Bernard Frischer and the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory of the University of Virginia.
As they progress, players will earn Prestige. This will be calculated through statistics such as skills, stats, attributes, faith bar, and valuable possessions in game such as armour, weapons, livestock, fine clothing, jewellery and decorative items and any owned land.
The title also features real time combat. “We want to give the player a chance to learn, adapt and increase their skills in combat through realistic training,” the developer explains on the campaign page. “Timing will be crucial – when you attack, block or dodge will determine survival, as well as the power you put behind an attack and how close you stand to the enemy.”
Life of Rome‘s IndieGoGo campaign is due to end on 29th May 2015. Those interested can currently pledge £30 to secure a digital copy of the title at its launch in August 2016. VRFocus will continue to follow Life of Rome closely, reporting back with any further updates on the title.