The Room-Scale user tracking on offer in the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) presents a lot of opportunities for VR videogames. Many want to see how the system will enhance the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, for example. World of Diving developer Vertigo Games is answering that called today with the reveal of Arizona Sunshine, a zombie shooter that takes full advantage of Valve’s SteamVR system. The Rotterdam-based studio has teamed up with Jaywalkers Interactive to develop the title. A debut trailer can be seen below.
Arizona Sunshine pits players in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, taking place in the desert. Players are able to use the HTC Vive’s motion controls to realistically handle weapons, aiming down sights on weapons and managing inventories. The story sees the protagonist go in search of possible survivors, battling both hordes of undead and the intense heat along the way. The title is designed so that it can be played either in short bursts or over the course of several hours.
Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive plan to launch Arizona Sunshine in late 2015, suggesting that this is a possible launch title for the HTC Vive, which is expected to arrive in time for this holiday season. Studios can currently apply for free Developer Editions of the kit, which HTC and Valve will be distributing throughout this summer.
This marks Vertigo Games’ second HTC Vive project, the first being the turn-based strategy title, Skyworld. Its original VR videogame, World of Diving, is available in Early Access with support for the Oculus Rift. The studio is yet to confirm if this title will also be making its way to the HTC Vive. As for Jaywalkers Interactive, the studio recently released PS Vita platform experience, Kick & Fennick. Arizona Sunshine marks its first VR-enabled effort.
VRFocus will continue to follow Arizona Sunshine closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.