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Multiplayer Possible for SMS Racing, Tentative Release Window Revealed

Plenty of intriguing new virtual reality (VR) videogames have come out of Oculus VR’s official Mobile VR Jam since it ran earlier this year. Among them is SMS Racing, a frantic new racing title from indie developer Turbo Button in which players must try and master tracks while also replying to their friend’s text messages. The developer is sticking with the title post-Jam, and anticipates bringing new features to it. According to studio Co-Founder Nic Vasconcellos, one of those features could be multiplayer.

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Vasconcellos said as much in an interview with VRFocus that will be published in full later this week. “We would absolutely love to do that,” the developer replied when asked about the possibility of multiplayer. “As we expand the game we have our eye on multiplayer for sure. We just think it would be really fun to be able actually like text other people in cars, send things back and forth.

“Like, kind of imagine it a little bit like Mario Kart, where it’s like you send a really complicated text and shoot it over to the car in front of you and that makes them kind of mess up or changes the way they’re driving so we’d love to bring it to multiplayer especially. We’ve seen some cool stuff – multiplayer on the Gear VR in particular – and I think there’s definitely a good opportunity there.”

But when might fans actually get to play the full version of SMS Racing? “We’re aiming for the end of this year to get out a full release,” Vasconcellos said. “Whether or not that has multiplayer is still kind of in the works. So late 2015 is when you can expect SMS Racing to be on Gear VR and hopefully other platforms.”

VRFocus will continue to follow SMS Racing closely. Check back later in the week for the full interview with the developer.