Earlier in the year UK-based indie developer Viewpoint Games launched its first virtual reality (VR) videogame, VR Karts, on Steam Early Access. The title, which supports the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), continues to receive regular updates as the studio builds towards a full release later on in the year. But this isn’t the only project the Viewpoint Games has had in the works. Today, it’s revealing a spin-off of its karting title in VR Karts: Sprint for Samsung and Oculus VR’s Gear VR mobile HMD.
VR Karts: Sprint is similar to its PC brethren and is set to launch later this week with single-player, championship and online multiplayer modes. The latter is a feature that even the main VR Karts title is yet to include, making this the first online kart racing VR experience to release. As with the original title, players can race in first-person, using the HMD’s head-tracking technology to realistically check wing mirrors and more. Genre staples such as weapons and power ups will also feature, as do the cartoon-esque visuals seen in the PC title.
The spin-off includes nine unique tracks that are designed to take advantage of the Gear VR hardware. Viewpoint Games even describes it as a ‘fully featured title’ that ‘showcases that potential’ of mobile VR. It’s not yet clear just how much the title will cost.
As for the original VR Karts, Viewpoint Games plans to add online multiplayer to the title in the near future. The developer also recently confirmed to VRFocus that it would like to bring the videogame to other VR HMDs such as the HTC Vive on PC and Project Morpheus on PlayStation 4, though such ports are yet to be confirmed at this time. VRFocus will continue to follow both VR Karts and VR Karts: Sprint closely, reporting back with the latest updates on both titles.