Due for release later this year on Oculus Rift and Touch is Arktika.1, a first-person shooter (FPS) from Metro 2033 studio 4A Games. Today, 4A Games has announced a collaboration with Del Ray Books which will see a companion eBook, ARKTIKA.1: My Name is Viktoria accompany the virtual reality (VR) title.
Del Ray Books partnered with the studio on Arktika.1’s storyline, with many of the narrative elements behind the videogame penned by New York Times (NYT) bestselling author Christie Golden – known for several Star Trek, Star Wars, StarCraft, and World of Warcraft novels.
“I couldn’t ask for more from 4A Games and my publisher, Del Rey Books,” said Golden in a statement. “We’ve worked together every step of the way to bring Arktika.1 to life. I brought my A-game to this project, calling on my playwriting training to create sharp dialogue and utilizing my world-building skills to help complete the immersive experience virtual reality offers. Players looking to dive into the game’s universe by cozying up with a book have much to look forward to!”
The fast paced shooter is set nearly a century in the future, in which Earth has entered a new ice age. Only the equatorial regions remain habitable, yet pockets of humanity still manage to survive in small numbers all over the planet. These regions of civilization sit on resource-rich, highly desirable territories to the north and south. As a mercenary hired by Citadel Security, players must protect one of the last colonies in the wastelands of old Russia from violent raiders, marauders, and horrifying creatures.
“Story is at the heart of any AAA game – and we have some things to say about that! With our experience making post-apocalyptic games, we’re now taking players a hundred years in the future and presenting them with a dangerous yet hopeful world,” says Yevhen Fedorets, lead game designer on Arktika.1. “We’re building environments filled with detail – resulting in believable, atmospheric locations. Immersion is all about connecting everything in the world with the player, and we found that this feeling of ‘being there’ is by far the best way to tell an engrossing story about survival.”
ARKTIKA.1: My Name is Viktoria is set to release towards the end of Q3 2017, with pricing and launch date yet to be announced.
As 4A Games release further details, VRFocus will keep you updated.