Military first-person simulator Onward arrived on the Oculus Store several months ago, created by indie developer Downpour Interactive. For those that have yet to try the videogame out, the studio will be offering a free weekend to those interested in some tactical, multiplayer gunfights.
Featuring 5v5 online battles where players have one life, no heads-up display, and no crosshairs, Onward also includes solo/co-op modes against AI opponents. To add to the realism Onward features dynamic time of day, weather effects, and multiple environments and scenarios to play through, as well as an artificial locomotion system to make the hectic gameplay as comfortable as possible.
The Onward free weekend is only available on the Oculus Store for Oculus Rift – there’s nothing on Steam for HTC Vive owners – beginning this Friday 25th January at 6pm GMT (1pm ET), running through to Monday 29th January at 8am GMT (3am ET). As it’s normally priced at £18.99 GBP a free weekend is a good way of trialing the shooter before purchasing.
Onward has over thirty different weapons to choose from, with a number of mods available in the game’s lobby, including red dot sights, flashlights, 12x scopes, and more to add a tactical advantage to each combat scenario. Recent additions include a Jungle map and a new game mode called “Evac”, letting new players dive in with friends and get to know the mechanics. This is especially useful for newbies as Onward doesn’t feature a ranking system, so will feature players of every skill level. And since the title has been on Steam Early Access since August 2016 – Onward only came to Oculus Store in November 2017 – expect there to be some highly proficient players.
Don’t forget that there’s more than one videogame running a free weekend this Saturday and Sunday. A little harder to get into, Survios will be running its closed beta for Sprint Vector. Starting last weekend – if you were quick on the ball VRFocus gave away some codes – the studio enlisted the help of players to test out the experience featuring the Fluid Locomotion System. Sign-ups are still available although not guaranteed.
If you’re unsuccessful with Sprint Vector then at least there’s Onward for some free gaming fun. For any further updates keep reading VRFocus.