Last month Vertigo Games in collaboration with Wolfdog Interactive released strategy title Skyworld across Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Today the teams have made the rare decision to launch a free demo on Steam, allowing players to get a hint of the gameplay experience.
The demo features the opening mission from Skyworld’s single-player campaign – which was revealed just prior to launch – in which players start to build their empire in one of the videogame’s miniature fantasy VR worlds. There’s around 1.5 hours of unlocked content to enjoy with any progress made carrying over to the full videogame if players want to continue.
If you’ve not been keeping up with VRFocus’ coverage of Skyworld, the videogame is a one to two player experience, that mixes turn-based strategy with real-time battles in which you play a king looking over their battle map. From here armies and buildings can be created to storm enemy strongholds, whether that’s in the single-player campaign, skirmish mode or the online cross-platform multiplayer.
The main map (seen above) is turn-based, this is where you can move your general(s), create buildings to produce wood, stone, food and other essentials to help grow your army and upgrade them or unlock new units should you have the resources. The real-time battles take place when two generals attack one another, this flips the world map with two castles on each side. It’s then up to you and your army to destroy your opponents castle, strategically deploying troops onto the battlefield. Some cost more mana than others, so if you deplete your mana sending a more costly unit out into battle then you’ll have to wait for it to recharge.
Skyworld is available to purchase now for $39.99 USD/ € 39.99 EUR/ £ 30.99 GBP through Steam. Vertigo Games is a VR videogame studio located in the city of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and is most well known for developing and publishing the successful first-person shooter (FPS), Arizona Sunshine, which is also available on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality, as well as PlayStation VR.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Vertigo Games and Skyworld, reporting back with any further updates.