The lure of using motion controls to cast spells and wave swords around in virtual reality (VR) is somewhat irresistible. Development studio Carbon Studios are taking advantage of this temptation with the upcoming release of sword and sorcery title The Wizards, which has just seen the launch of the latest gameplay trailer.
VRFocus has been covering The Wizards since its initial announcement. The title puts players in the role of a young adventurer who must learn the ways of magic to defend the country from hordes of monsters. Players are able to use motion controllers like the Oculus Touch to create magic gestures that unleash powerful spells.
The Wizards will be launched into Early Access for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift on 28th July, 2017. The Early Access version will have a story mode featuring two regions, divided into stages for the player to explore, six basic spells which will all have upgrade paths and Fate Cards that allow players to make tweaks to the character and the gameplay. An ‘Arcade Mode’ featuring endless monster battles in an Arena will also be available.
The title was built using Unreal Engine 4, with the aim of using the power of that engine to create rich and detailed fantasy landscapes. The developers are keen to get player feedback during the Early Access release stage, and anticipate that the title will leave Early access for a full launch in roughly 5-6 months.
The wizards will be priced at $19.99 (USD) at launch. Further information and updates can be found on the Steam page. The latest gameplay trailer is available to view below.
VRFocus will bring you further news on The Wizards and Carbon Studio’s other VR projects as it becomes available.