BattleSky VR is a multiplayer virtual reality (VR) first-person shooter (FPS) promising to bring ‘Overwatch style’ gameplay to head-mounted displays (HMDs) as it launches today, according to developer Oh!WHATif Inc. BattleSky VR debuts as a Steam Early Access title for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows MR.
In BattleSky VR, each player picks a Hero with vastly different size, powers and gameplay style to engage in fast-paced aerial combats against other players. Currently players can pick between Dragon or Jet-9, with more heroes currently in development. Multiplayer gameplay modes include Free For All, Team Deathmatch, Big Race, Escort, and other team play modes of up to 4v4 players.
Unlike other VR FPS videogames, BattleSky VR has a unique locomotion system that allows players to fly freely in an open world. To prevent simulation sickness, flying is simulated with physics. As the dragon players will use actual hand-flapping movements to fly or glide, and as Jet-9 players blast into the sky with thrust propulsion coming out of the hands, Iron Man-style. Each Hero uses a completely different flying locomotion mechanism, giving players a wide range of aerial experiences in BattleSky VR.
The videogame’s unique hyper-speed flying locomotion mechanisms have been tested by over 500 players already, and Oh!WHATif Inc. assure that the system has been fine-tuned to allow nausea-free extreme high speed flying at 250 km/h. According to the developers, less than 10% of the testers had experienced simulation sickness, and out of this 10%, most of them only experienced the issue with one of the two heroes; A very small percentage experienced motion sickness with both Heroes. With up to four heroes planned for BattleSky VR by the time it exits Steam Early Access, players will be sure to find a hero that matches their play style.
Oh!WHATif Inc. plans to continue development on BattleSky VR as a Steam Early Access title for 6-12 months to allow for time to fully interact with the gaming community, adjusting the gameplay as necessary to build a VR FPS videogame with depth. BattleSky VR launches as a Steam Early Access title for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows MR today, and VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details from Oh!WHATif Inc.