Onward’s v1.5 Update Adds new Map, Game Mode and More

One of the more popular online military-style first-person shooters for virtual reality (VR) headsets, Onward received a new update today, adding a snow covered map, more game modes and new weapons as well as the usual bug improvements. 


Due to the amount of snowfall North America and a lot of Europe seems to be receiving, the new map Snowpeak seems fairly apt. The map is set in the Russian mountains, inside a long-forgotten military base.

As for game modes, the main new one is Uplink Assault. Featuring 5v5 gameplay on large maps, the mode has the core features of Onward’s flagship gamemode, just with respawns. If you play on the Marsoc team then you have 20 shared respawn tickets. You win by getting to the Uplink, inputting the code, and defending the Uplink while the code is sent. If you’re playing as the Volk then you have infinite respawns. The Volk win by making Marsoc run out of tickets, or successfully defending the Uplink for the entire round.

Downpour Interactive will now be alternating social game modes every two weeks. These modes were first introduced at Halloween with the latest being Gun Game. It is a ten-player free for all with respawns. All you have to do is climb the ladder of guns to get a kill with each of them to win.

Onward guns

And when it comes to new kit, players now have access to the single-shot RPG (available to Volk Specialist), the M203 grenade launcher attachment which has frag and smoke grenade ammo options (available to Marsoc Specialist on the Mk18), plus the hand smoke grenades now have white, red, and green colour options.

The update also includes:

  • Fresh new hand models.
  • Use controller buttons and capacitive touch to move fingers to make gestures (network synced across all players).
  • Unique animations for every gun trigger, barrel, and foregrip.
  • Hand grabbing objects now smoothly lerps instead of snapping to the object.

Onward supports both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Currently, via Steam, you can download the videogame for free for the next two days. Or there’s the weekend deal which has knocked 40 percent of the price, dropping it from £18.99 GBP down to £11.39. For further updates, keep reading VRFocus.