Launched via Steam Early Access earlier this year, TreeView Studios’ tower defense title Alchemist Defender VR has now been fully released with support for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Alchemist Defender VR is a mixture of traditional tower defence gameplay where players have to protect a single point – or sometimes multiple locations – from waves of enemies by building defensive structures, whilst at the same time allowing them to get into the battle from a first-person viewpoint.
The title features four levels, each with 10 waves to complete. Players may only have three relocatable turrets to place, Fast Cannon, Frost and Mortar, but they have a broader range of weapons to utilise. For melee combat there’s the War Hammer, Spiked Mace, Chain Flail and Ice Sword. While ranged features a Musket style firing arm, Explosive Crossbow, Grenade Launcher and Chemthrower. There are also proximity mine power weapons including explosive blast, chemical shock, ice shot and void hole to play with.
This is TreeView Studios’ first virtual reality (VR) title so the team has created a storyline to accompany the action. “You play as the Master Alchemist who, after years of researching and crafting tools to find the Philosopher’s Stone, just invented a portal to new worlds. The energy of those lands will fuel your final journey to reach the Stone. To your surprise you are confronted by a rebellion in each world you plan to consume. Now in the midst of glory only a final resistance stands between the Alchemist and absolute power. Will you be able to stand your ground and dominate those who resist?”
Even though this is TreeView Studios’ debut VR videogame it’s already experienced in working on immersive content, having built up a wide range of client projects for VR/AR/MR platforms including: Microsoft Hololens, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, ARKit, ARCore, GearVR, Daydream and Moverio.