Having been in the business of developing virtual reality (VR), location-based entertainment (LBE), VRstudios knows one or two things about this growing industry. Today, the company has announced its latest endeavour, its flagship, next generation, competitive eSport built specifically for LBE arenas, VRcade PowerPlay.
Mixing free-roaming, arena scale VR with athletic, team-based eSports, the system is designed to be played by 2-8 people, moving unrestricted on a 60’x40’ configurable VRcade PowerPlay Battlefield. Each competitive match can be configured by LBE operators with millions of distinct combinations of multiplayer game modes, arm cannon presets, and battlefield configurations.
With eSports in general building up a sizable fan base VRstudio has ensured that spectators are also engaged and entertained by the live action from both the real and digital worlds, with local and cloud-streamed in-game broadcasts.
“Everyone recognises that eSports are increasingly popular and we believe that the release of VRcade PowerPlay is literally a ‘game-changer’. It’s the next generation of eSports that adds true athletic activity over a large format playing field, and it can be deployed by any LBE operator.” said Kevin Vitale, VRstudios’ CEO in a statement. “While complementary to our other systems and attractions, VRcade PowerPlay creates a whole new category of location-based VR entertainment for both players and spectators. It also opens the door to a number of new business models and branding options going forward for LBE operators and sponsors.”
VRcade PowerPlay is managed by VRcade AMP, and runs on the commercial VRcade Arena system which requires no additional physical infrastructure or props allowing locations which already run the system to quickly add VRstudios’ new attraction to their facilities.
“First and foremost, we wanted to deliver an exciting, action-packed game that grew out of the vision from the original founding team over 5 years ago,” said Chanel Summers, VRstudios’ Vice President of Creative Development. “It combines a retro game aesthetic with a futuristic battlefield setting to showcase a truly physical sport in a nearly unlimited virtual arena. By design, the eAthletes quickly forget that they are in a virtual experience and move naturally in all the same ways that they would on a real-world playing field, including running, ducking, and jumping to beat the competition. The physical action, range of motion and dynamic competitive match formats definitely qualify VRcade PowerPlay as the sport of the future.”
VRcade PowerPlay is available now to demonstrate and order directly from VRstudios for interested parties. As VRstudios continues development, VRFocus will keep you updated.