Merge Games Ltd. is set to bring Italian studio Reddoll Srl’s virtual reality (VR) title VR Ping Pong to retail stores across Europe. Having made its debut on HTC Vive last year, VR Ping Pong launched for PlayStation VR via the PlayStation Network last month and is not set to receive a physical edition at retailers across Europe.
VR Ping Pong, as the name suggests, is a recreation of table tennis specifically designed for VR. The videogame features a number of different environments styled as a stadium with a fully animated audience, creating an immersive playing environment. VR Ping Pong also features several additional gameplay modes, such as Practice in which players can train against the AI; Single match mode, allowing for competitive play in a one-off match against the AI; Tournament for multiple match challenges with the goal of becoming a champion; and Arcade to improve your skills and compare your records with friends.
Requiring the PlayStation Move controllers, VR Ping Pong is as much simulation as it is intended for light-hearted gameplay.
The retail package, currently set to be available from 7th April 2017, comes with a much higher price tag than the digital edition. VR Ping Pong is currently available for PlayStation VR via the PlayStation Store with a price of £7.99 GBP, while the HTC Vive version is available via Steam for £6.99. The PlayStation VR physical edition however, is expected to retail for £17.99.
Will VR Ping Pong start a trend for successful PlayStation VR digital titles coming to retail? At present, many titles see a simultaneous launch on the PlayStation Store and at traditional retail. Only time will tell if other publishers will follow Merge Games’ lead. VRFocus will of course keep you updated with all the latest titles coming to PlayStation VR.