Many fans of virtual reality (VR) have been eagerly awaiting a fully-featured MMORPG, in order to fulfil the fantasy of VR that has been presented by decades of science-fiction stories. As a result, there have been a sizeable number of people carefully watching OrbusVR and awaiting its release to see if it lives up to that promise. Those people will soon have the chance, with the confirmation of its Early Access release date.
Developers Ad Alternum have previously offered its OrbusVR community closed Alpha and Closed Beta testing, with over 450 players involved in the closed Alpha phase, playing a total of over 3,000 hours. Now the studio has announced that the title is almost ready for its Steam Early Access debut.
OrbusVR is described by the developers as the first fully-realised room-scale MMORPG created exclusively for VR. It is designed to feature a vast open world, hours of gameplay content, a absorbing storyline and interesting characters, along with social features to allow players to interact. Originally funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, the developers have been working closely with the player community to build the title.
The Early Access version of OrbusVR will have a few features missing from the expected final version, but will be fully playable, featuring more than sixty hours of content. Players will be able to pick up and complete quests and level from 1 to 20, as well as run through five-man dungeons and engage in activities such as crafting and fishing. The developments team have confirmed that once the title leaves early access, character progression will be maintained, and there will not be a ‘wipe’ or progress reset.
Though the title will be fully playable, the development team at Ad Alternum are reserving some gameplay features such as hard-mode dungeons and end-game raids for the full release. Various other features will be refined and polished throughout the Early Access period, incorporating feedback from the player community.
The anticipated Early Access release will be on 15th December, 2017, for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed reality devices. A price point is yet to be confirmed. Further details and updates can be found on the Steam Store page.
VRFocus will bring you further news on OrbusVR as it becomes available.