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Golf Masters Greenlit, Dev Talks 1:1 Tracking on HTC Vive

Earlier in the year, virtual reality (VR) dedicated developer Ghost Machine VR put up a Steam Greenlight campaign for one of its latest projects, Golf Masters. The title joined a number of other projects from the developer, including the recently announced Invasion Force, in trying to secure enough positive votes to be approved for sale on Valve’s digital store come full release. This week sees Golf Masters pass that campaign, meaning that it will be launching with support for both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs).

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“Thanks to everyone who voted and supported us throughout our campaign,” Ghost Machine wrote in a Greenlight update. “We’re very excited to bring Golf Masters to Steam, and are super excited to be able to integrate the vive motion tracking input into this game!”

The developer continued, going into further detail about the motion tracking that is provided in the HTC Vive through Valve’s SteamVR system: “1 : 1 has long been a goal to be able to have amazing virtual reality experiences, especially in sports. We still have a lot of work to do, but with the already solid footing of a deep physical golf engine, we’re not far away.” It’s not yet clear if the developer will also add a motion tracking solution into the title for those using the Oculus Rift.

It was also confirmed that Ghost Machine VR will be adding fantasy settings to the courses in the title. The team notes that players should expect courses similar to Pandora, the fictional jungle planet from James Cameron’s Avatar and Winterfell from the ever-popular Game of Thrones series.

The Alpha for Golf Masters can currently be picked up from Ghost Machine VR’s website, with the full release expected in Q4 2015. This suggests that this could be a launch title for the HTC Vive, which will be arriving in time for the holiday season. VRFocus will continue to follow Golf Masters closely, reporting back with any further updates on the title.