Remember KartKraft, the virtual reality (VR) compatible racing simulator from Black Delta? Don’t worry if not as the last time VRFocus reported on the title was over two years ago. Today, however, there’s a big update, KartKraft has now entered Early Access on retail platforms including Steam, Humble Bundle and Greenman Gaming.
Designed as a realistic kart racer, Black Delta has gone to great lengths to ensure authenticity in both the look and feel of the videogame. Featuring laser-scanned, fully recreated circuits from around the world, players will be able to accelerate to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds with no suspension, while racing against 20 other drivers.
For the Early Access release there will be three circuits to choose from; The Geelong Kart Club, Go Kart Club of Victoria and Paul Fletcher International, and eight officially licensed kart models – from manufacturers like Arrow, CRG, Deadly, Formula K, Monaco, OK1, Praga and Sodi.
Asynchronous PvP Leaderboard Mode is available from day one, so you can see where you rank against your friends, your country and across the globe. And with every lap recorded and uploaded, you can see where you competitor brakes, turns and accelerates to gain a competitive edge.
Customisation will also be included, with hundreds of parts and components that all affect handling. Swap out axles, sprockets, carburettors, rims, hubs, torsion bars, and many more.
Being added next week will be a single-player mode against AI opponents plus Easy, Medium, Hard, Legend and Adaptive difficulties.
“I raced karts for five years and retired after blowing up three red valve Formula 100 motors in the same weekend. At the same time I was racing, I was studying Computer Science and game development so that I could make games about the sport I love. KartKraft is a labour of love for me and my team. It took us longer than we expected, but we are excited to share our first game with our fans,” said Zach Griffin, CEO, Black Delta in a statement.
As for VR support. It’s not available just yet but VRFocus has been informed it’ll be added fairly quickly in a few weeks. When that does happen it’ll support SteamVR, with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift confirmed. As further details are announced during Early Access, VRFocus will keep you informed.