With the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus head-mounted displays (HMDs) now revealed to be launching in early 2016, many are hoping that news on a release date for one of virtual reality’s (VR’s) most high-profile titles, EVE: Valkyrie, will also be announced soon. The wait for news continues but, back in March 2015, CCP Games confirmed that it would be hosting a pre-Alpha testing phase for its anticipated multiplayer space combat title. It would appear that this phase has launched on PC today.
Reddit users are reporting that the pre-Alpha build of EVE: Valkyrie is now ready to download for those that have signed up to take part. To do this, users need to have an account already registered either on CCP Games’ flagship MMO, EVE Online, or its multiplayer FPS spin-off, Dust 514, on PlayStation 3. Once signed up, users will be asked if that own a second development kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift, which is required to play the title. Successful applicants should be emailed with access to the title.
CCP Games has been making a big push for VR in 2015. At its EVE Fanfest even in which the EVE: Valkyrie pre-Alpha was announced, the company also detailed VR Labs, consisting of a number of teams that are looking at ways to push VR technology forwards. The developer had a handful of VR demos to showcase at the event that included throwing objects between two players, manipulating the elements and more. Right now it’s not clear if these experiments could possible grow into brand new VR videogames or something else.
VRFocus will continue to follow EVE: Valkyrie and CCP Games’ work in VR closely, reporting back with the latest updates on both.