Earlier in the year UK-based indie developer Viewpoint Games launched a pre-release version of its upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible karting videogame, VR Karts, over on Steam Early Access. Those interested can currently pick the title up for £9.99 GBP and play it using the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). The developer continues to update the title as it heads towards a full launch, and has this month launched its second major update, bringing in new weapons, features and fixes.
Update 1.2 adds four new weapons to VR Karts including a set of spikes, an EMP, a nitro boost and a shield. Viewpoint Games has also added name tags for all players, new sound effects and a new music track. There’s also general bug fixes, some physics improvements to the karts, a loading screen for the Championship mode and updates to the title’s graphics. Elsewhere, the developer has added infrastructure for online multiplayer into the videogame, but hasn’t yet added multiplayer itself, again promising that it will be coming ‘soon’.
The developer hopes to launch VR Karts as a full product in late 2015 with a much bigger range of tracks, weapons and customisation options for players to enjoy. VRFocus spoke to Viewpoint Games about its title late last month. The studio stated that it would like to see its title on both the HTC Vive and Project Morpheus, but is so far unable to confirm that such ports will occur.
VRFocus will continue to follow VR Karts closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.