Lone Echo and Echo Arena were the developers first virtual reality (VR) titles released and now they have landed the company with award success.
Both Lone Echo and Echo Arena developed by Ready At Dawn, won the awards for Immersive Reality Technical Achievement and Immersive Reality Game of the Year. These two awards honour the hard work that goes into creating outstanding VR products, celebrating the continued development of the industry and technology.
Lone Echo is a narrative adventure title that puts players in the shoes of Jack – an advanced artificial intelligence with a state-of-the-art synthetic body- who must work to help Captain Olivia Rhose solve a mystery on board an advanced mining facility within the rings of Saturn. VRFocus reviewed Lone Echo giving the title a solid score with reviewer Peter Graham describing the title as: “…an experience that every Oculus Touch owner needs in their library.”
Alongside the release of Lone Echo, a multi-player component known as Echo Arena was also released. The team-based sports game makes use of the same locomotion mechanics from Lone Echo, such as being able to grab any surface to move around and using wrist mounted thrusters, to build a competitive full-contact sport. Players must grab a flying disc and throw it through the opposition’s goal in order to score points. The full-contact element is possible thanks to players being able to push and punch each other in virtual space to stun them for a brief moment.
Developer Ready At Dawn, who previously had worked on titles such as The Order: 1886, created the titles with the support of Oculus Studios, seeing both Lone Echo and Echo Arena releasing onto the Oculus Store. Since their release in July last year, the two have gone on to be successful VR titles thanks to their zero gravity gameplay and compelling narrative. For both to win the Immersive Reality Technical Achievement and Immersive Reality Game of the Year awards during the DICE 2018 awards comes as no surprise and is a win worth celebrating.
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