If you’re a fan of chopping down trees and chainsaws Husqvarna’s new virtual reality (VR) experience for HTC Vive might be worth a look. The chainsaw manufacturer has launched Limberjack on Steam for the head-mounted display (HMD), completely for free.
Limberjack takes its name from the action of ‘limbing’, the process professional loggers use to remove the branches from a felled tree. Set on a beautiful mountainside overlooking a lake, a player has to use a Husqvarna 359 chainsaw to remove 24 branches from a 2.7 meter long log. The player needs to pick up the chainsaw and remove the branches quickly and accurately. Just like a professional logger, the player needs to limb fast, and with precision. If branches are not removed properly, the player will need to go back and re-do, losing time.
“VR limbing combines two extremes, one of the oldest professions in the world together with the newest technology available,” says Lars Strandell, multiple medallist from the bi-annual World Logging Championship. “Husqvarna Limberjack is fun and educational and just like limbing in the real world, technique, precision and speed is crucial for productivity and a good result.”
The title includes local and global highscore leaderboards for VR limberjacks around the world to compete against each other. As an added bonus for players at the end of each month, Husqvarna will announce the best Limberjack player in the world for the month. Then in August 2017, the twelve best Limberjack players will be invited to the world championships final in Sweden.
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