The First Class VR Gets HTC Vive Release Date

Have you ever considered what it’s like to fly? In terms of human history, we have, as a species defied gravity for only a fraction of our time on this planet and yet the ability to take to the air has evolved swiftly. Moving from the briefest of trips above the ground conducted by the Wright Brothers, to great passenger airlines, supersonic jets and even the ability to leave the Earth altogether.

Last month we brought you news of The First Class VR, a new cinematic virtual reality (VR) experience from Chinese independent developer Zodiac Interactive which features around moments in time where man took flight. From the aforementioned first flight of the Wright Brothers up past the present with journeys into space courtesy of Elon Musk’s company SpaceX. Not only that The First Class VR dips into myth and legend with the story of Icarus and even past this into what the future might be envisioned as.

Zodiac Interactive has now confirmed that the title, which is coming out with support for the HTC Vive, will now go live on Steam as of December 14th 2017.

“We wanted to push the envelope with the future of interactive cinematic storytelling and I think The First Class VR does just that.” Explained An Pu, the Lead Creative Producer at Light & Digital Technology. “The story you will experience is inspired by the Hugo Awards Best Novel Winner the Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. We feel very honoured that the author Cixin Liu played the game and gave it his blessing.”

VRFocus recently previewed The First Class VR, and found that whilst it was impressive in some areas it felt very much like a mixed bag. As VRFocus’ Peter Graham explained:

“The First Class VR feels somewhat disjointed, like it’s trying too hard to cram lots of information in over a short period of time. There are sequences that step into the bizarre and almost surreal, giant statues looming in the distance, panels and floors that change and then disappear as you move to a new area, and caves twinkling with fireflies that are filled with different spacecraft like the Saturn V rocket or the Sputnik satellite, all whilst sat in a Huey helicopter.”

VRFocus will bring you more news on the title as we get it.