CCP Games’ upcoming virtual reality (VR) space combat title EVE: Valkyrie is first and foremost a multiplayer experience. That’s been known ever since the videogame was announced for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) all the way back in 2013. However fans have since been asking after a possible single-player portion of the title, which has never been completely ruled out by CCP Games itself. Today the company has confirmed that there will indeed by a single-player component to the title, though it might not be what fans were expecting.
EVE: Valkyrie will have a Free Roam Mode. Associate Producer John Nejady confirmed as much today at the VRTGO conference in Newscastle, UK. During his ‘CCP Games: Development curiosities and future applications of VR’ talk, Nejady explained that this mode would have no time limit or enemies to encounter, allowing players to simply fly around the environment. This should provide a good opportunity for some players to acclimatise to VR without the worry of having to fend off enemies in battle.
A handful of Oculus Rift second development kit (DK2) owners are currently testing out EVE: Valkyrie‘s pre-alpha. It’s not yet clear when the title will be releasing in full but the Oculus Rift itself doesn’t yet have a consumer release date apart from the Q1 2016 window. The title is also on its way to the PlayStation VR HMD on PlayStation 4, though it’s yet to be confirmed if the PC version could also support HTC and Valve’s HTC Vive HMD. A comic book tie-in for the experience is also being released.
This is far from all that CCP Games is working on in VR. The company is soon to release Gunjack for the Gear VR mobile HMD and has other projects and experiments in the works at various studios.
VRFocus will continue to follow EVE: Valkyrie closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.
UPDATE: EVE: Valkyrie will not be supporting the HTC Vive on PC. VRFocus apologies for any confusion.