They Came From Space Brings Crackdown 3’s Cloud-Based Physics to VR

After contributing to Crackdown 3 and Oculus Toybox, Cloudgine take on their own technology in They Came From Space.

Cloudgine has today announced a new videogame title designed to showcase its cloud-based physics technology. They Came From Space, currently in development for PC, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, utilises the same cloud and networking technology that power Oculus Toybox and the forthcoming Crackdown 3.

They Came From Space screenshotThey Came From Space draws visual and tonal inspiration from classic 1950s B-movie alien invasion films and allows players to annihilate entire cities and landscapes. Utilising unique cross-platform virtual reality (VR) and PC gameplay, the online-multiplayer videogame gives VR-players control over massive alien Overseers, which work together with PC-players, dubbed Pilots, who control agile drones.

“Game development has been long awaiting a drastic change-up – a new technology that can truly expand possibilities and allow developers to super-charge their projects with unprecedented levels of compute power” said Maurizio Sciglio, CEO, Cloudgine. “We created They Came From Space to give developers a clear, fun idea of how powerful Cloudgine’s cloud-based physics, rendered at 90fps, really is. And believe us when we say that this is just an introduction into what Cloudgine is capable of – there’s so much room for continued innovation with our platform and there is so much more coming beyond physics that it’s, frankly, hard to imagine how far talented developers will push it.”

They Came From Space will offer online gameplay for up to 10 players, pitting players against each other in a race to destroy cities, collect energy for the Mothership’s ultimate weapon and obliterate the enemy’s protective dome. Featuring fully destructible and dynamic environments using cloud-powered physics, They Came From Space will also include a streaming director camera system for VR-players that gives Twitch streamers direct control of a personal camera from within the videogame.

They Came From Space screenshot“Our team doesn’t only focus on the brilliance of cloud-based technologies – we also pride ourselves in our ability to develop groundbreaking in-game features and concepts,” said Dave Jones, President, Cloudgine. “They Came From Space is not only an amalgamation of what’s possible with Cloudgine, it also shows how VR can smoothly integrate with other platforms. And if you’re fond of streaming your gameplay, I think you’ll find our cloud-rendered video streaming to be particularly useful.”

No release date has yet been announced for They Came From Space, but you can find out more about the videogame at the official website. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on They Came From Space and the technology powering it.

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