Arguably the most requested videogame genre for virtual reality (VR) integration is the first-person shooter (FPS). The Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) was founded on the idea of enhancing these types of titles, having first been seen running with id Software’s Doom 3. Certain issues with VR have prevented developers from charging into VR support for their shooters. However, one studio that’s tackling the VR FPS is High Voltage Software, which has today announced Damaged Core at Oculus VR’s pre-E3 press conference in San Francisco, California.
Little is known about Damaged Core right now, although Oculus VR’s Head of Worldwide Studios, Jason Rubin, did state that High Voltage Software had done an ‘incredible amount of work’ in perfecting a VR FPS experience. He also confirmed that, as with the other titles that were revealed at today’s conference, the videogame will be launching in 2016, with the Oculus Rift itself planned for release in the first quarter of the year. The developer itself has also confirmed that the title will be on display at E3 next week in Los Angeles.
It’s interesting to note that this won’t be the first time that High Voltage Software has worked with the FPS genre and a new technology. The developer made a name for itself on the Nintendo Wii with its Conduit series, which took full advantage of the Wii-remote’s motion controls. The team seems to be in its elements creating shooter experiences for new platforms, then, and hopefully that will carry through to its work on one of the first true attempts at bringing the genre to the Oculus Rift.
VRFocus will continue to follow Damaged Core closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.