This week has seen the launch of a new Steam Greenlight campaign for a brand new virtual reality (VR) compatible platforming-based videogame by the name of ACACIA: Time Trials. Developed by UK-based videogame artists Ashley Vuong and Thomas Seabrook, the title is being created using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4. Should the campaign prove successful then the title will launch with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), with support for the HTC Vive also to be added.
ACACIA: Time Trials is described as a ‘fast paced’ time attack videogame that stars the titular character. Acacia herself is an ‘Angelic Guardian’ that uses her powers and abilities to complete tracks as fast as possible. This involves speeding through vast, colourful environments in gameplay that somewhat recalls Sonic the Hedgehog. Three modes will be on offer in the full title, including a Challenge Mode that pits players against the clock, a Free Play Mode for practising, and a 2 Player Mode in which friends can face off.
The title is designed for use with an Xbox controller, allowing full control of its camera. There are also online leaderboards to compete in.
Release dates and pricing for ACACIA: Time Trials are yet to be announced, although the developer has confirmed that it will debut on PC first before heading to both Mac and Linux, much like the Oculus Rift itself. VRFocus will continue to follow the title’s progress, reporting back with the latest on it.