Flight simulation and combat titles are already a popular genre for virtual reality (VR) videogames. Using the likes of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), players can head back in time to pilot famous fighters in War Thunder and even be sent into the distance future to tour space in the likes of Elite: Dangerous. This month has seen the launch of a Steam Greenlight campaign for an entirely new VR flight experience in the form of Toy Plane Heroes. The campaign is looking to raise enough positive votes to approve the title for sale on Steam itself.
Created by a pair of indie developers, Toy Plane Heroes is said to be a multiplayer dogfighting videogame in which, as the name suggests, players pilot toy planes. Set in colourful indoors environments, the videogame features 4 vs. 4 matches in which players sit in the cockpit of their craft and use the head-tracking technology in the Oculus Rift to aim their weapon, named the Bubblegum Cannon. Scoring hits on the enemy will reward you with plastic parts that can be used to purchase new weapons while experience points will also be earned for a levelling system.
The Alpha for Toy Plane Heroes currently features a Team Deathmatch mode though the developers are also planning to add other matches. These include Zeppelin Defence in which one team must attack the titular vehicle while the other defends it as it heads towards the enemy’s base. Two maps and four types of planes are currently included, with more set to be added.
“We would like to start by selling it as an early access title because we believe that the community needs to be a big part of the development of a multiplayer VR game,” the developer explains on the Greenlight page. “Virtual Reality is new to us all, so we need to find out together how we can provide the best experience possible in VR.” The team also notes that, while Toy Plane Heroes is currently only confirmed for the Oculus Rift, it plans to support other popular HMDs in the future.
It’s currently not clear when the Early Access version of Toy Plane Heroes might launch. VRFocus will continue to follow the title closely, reporting back with the latest updates on it.