Fighting videogames haven’t quite managed to penetrate virtual reality (VR) yet. Traditional fighters aren’t necessarily suited for VR, as we saw with Tekken 7’s somewhat lacklustre VR support last year. Despite that, it hasn’t stopped developers Evocat Games from attempting something brand new in the fighting genre; an asymmetrical party fighter built for VR first.
Nemesis Realms can be played with up to 5 people, with one being a giant boss monster in the centre of the stage, with four smaller heroes working to chip away at its health. Using regular controllers, the four heroes team up on the single boss monster who will be playing with a VR head-mounted display (HMD), using motion controls to swipe at the surrounding heroes.
“We’re excited to bring this game to Early Access. It really is an incredibly fun party game where friends get to team up to destroy the mighty boss – who in turn gets to experience the onslaught in VR!” said Sami Koivisto, CEO of Evocat Games. “As an added bonus, we will be offering Nemesis Perspective as free-to-play when Nemesis Realms launches so that everyone can easily jump in and enjoy the truly unique style of this VR game.”
Nemesis Realms is coming to Steam Early Access this month on January 22nd, and will be compatible with a range of HMDs, including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality devices.
There will be two stages at launch with more heroes and stages planned in the future. Right now it’s very interesting, and one of the few good examples of a VR party game that everyone can get involved in, as long as no one is too drunk to strap on a HMD.
Nemesis Realms has a brand new trailer too, which you can watch below – it’s a 360 YouTube video, so fullscreen it and click and drag the mouse cursor around the screen to see the full stage and all of the action.
The idea of a competitive fighter in VR is interesting, though this a pretty big departure from the traditional genre. Regardless, we can’t wait to see more. For everything on VR and videogames, keep reading VRFocus.