Archiact’s Evasion is the kind of first-person shooter (FPS) videogame everybody expected virtual reality (VR) to quickly capitalise on, before it was established that fast-paced first-person experiences in the new medium were less than comfortable. Approaching two years after the consumer debut of VR, Archiact is confident the solution to this has finally been found.
The gunplay in Evasion is key. Players are able to weaken foes as they await support from their teammates, and even use environmental objects – such as causing a rockslide – to cause damage. An interest aspect of this is the ‘ultimate abilities’ system. Upon felling enemies yellow capsules will be dropped at random, and collecting them will build a meter to unleash a devastating attack for a limited time. However, these capsules aren’t limited to only the player who killed the enemy, thus it’s possible for an entire team to build their meters and execute their ultimate abilities simultaneously.
Though not witnessed in the preview build VRFocus experiences, the class system won’t be the limit of the player’s character options. Archiact has teased that customisation options will be available and that a level system will be included in the final build. To exactly what extent this will stretch is not yet known, but given the emphasis on co-operative play and replayable missions with randomised objectives and enemy encounters, it’s wholly possible that Evasion could become the Borderlands of VR; a unique twist on the FPS genre that would most certainly be welcome.
The tech underneath the hood of Evasion appears sound. While played in a controlled environment, VRFocus didn’t experience any network lag or framerate issues – two killers of VR experiences – and the smooth animation on other player character models (thanks to the use of Ikinema) and accurate positioning of allies significantly helps build the level of immersion. The destructible environments are a understated touch; though seemingly limited in placement, rendering such chaos without impacting framerate is impressive.