Last month saw UK-based indie studio Viewpoint Games launch a pre-release version of its first videogame, VR Karts. The virtual reality (VR) compatible title can currently be picked up on Steam Early Access for £9.99 GBP and supports both the first and second developer kits (DK1 and DK2) for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). This early version of the title features a handful of tracks and some basic features such as kart customisation. One major component that’s missing in VR Karts right now, however, is online multiplayer. According to Viewpoint Games, this crucial feature’s inclusion is ‘a couple of updates away’.
The developer’s Neil Wigfield confirmed as much in an interview with VRFocus that will be published in full later this week. “We’re probably a couple of updates away from getting online multiplayer up and running,” he confirmed. Already we’ve got kind of weapons and stuff. So, next update, we’ll have more weapons, more tracks and then we’ll put the online multiplayer probably after that. And then we’ll just add more tracks and more features as we go along. So plan is to get it finished before the end of the year, before the VR hardware. And we want to be there day one so people can jump on, race online against their mates and blow the crap out of each other.”
VR Karts allows players to race around tracks, using weapons and power-ups to get ahead of the competition. VR head-tracking allows for the inclusion of new features such as players looking behind as they drive in order to position certain weapon drops and more. The title boasts a colourful art style that the developer hopes will appeal to everyone looking for a great starting point for VR videogames. Viewpoint Games hopes to launch a full version of the title in late 2015 ahead of the arrival of the retail Oculus Rift in Q1 2016.
Check back later in the week for VRFocus‘ full interview with Wigfield.