Real-Time Strategy seems to be having something of a resurgence in popularity on virtual reality (VR). With PlayStation VR title Korix, Cosmic Trip for the HTC Vive and Brass Tactics, which is due out soon for the Oculus Rift.
Utilising a clockwork, steampunk aesthetic and classic RTS gameplay that anyone who has played an RTS such as Starcraft II or any of the Command & Conquer series will be familiar with. Hidden Path Entertainment have chosen a style which offers a virtual table top, where deployed units can be manipulated using the Oculus Touch controllers. Players can choose a lofty birds-eye view, or get down to the level of a soldier to see battles play out.
On release, Brass Tactics is set to feature a five mission campaign mode, a quick-play skirmish mode with a head-to-head version option and another multiplayer option where two players can team up to face an AI opponent.
The ‘fog of war’ that has long been a component of RTS titles has been done away with. The table-top format allows players to see what their opponent is up to, opening up new strategic possibilities, but also allowing for feints and disinformation as on a real battlefield.
Brass Tactics will be released for Oculus Rift on 19th October, 2017. A price point is yet to be confirmed, nor is it known if there are any plans to bring the title to other VR platforms.
VRFocus will bring you further information on Brass Tactics as it becomes available.