Early last month California-based indie developer First Contact Entertainment announced it had secured $5 million USD in funding to create virtual reality (VR) experiences. At the time, the team – made up of VR veterans and AAA videogame talent – hadn’t made any announcements about what it was working on, that’s now changed. Recently the studio has revealed its first VR project, ROM: Extraction, with an initial teasing image and some gameplay details.
As the team is made up from companies such as Starbreeze, Blizzard, Treyarch and Infinity Ward, a shooter was always going to be on the cards and that’s just what ROM: Extraction is.
First Contact Entertainment describes the title as a fast paced homage to classic arcade shooting videogames. Sci-fi-based, set decades into the future, ROM: Extraction sounds like it’ll be a gallery style title in which players have to survive against an attacking defence system, with a storyline based around a mission to obtain volatile energy matter.
“With the announcement of our first title, ROM: Extraction, we are excited to be pushing the medium forward by exploring new methods of VR gameplay,” said Hess Barber, co-founder and president of First Contact Entertainment. “The game is inspired by classic arcade shooters, but adds several modern twists, such as the ability to slow down time combined with action-based movements of skill and timing unique only to VR. We look forward to sharing our innovations with the VR community, and can’t wait to get their feedback.”
ROM: Extraction will support both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive although First Contact Entertainment hasn’t yet stated when that’ll be.
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