Last year Russian developer DevCubeStudio released the rather impressive looking Farhome onto Steam Early Access, a first-person shooter (FPS) with co-op options to battle big alien creatures. This week, in collaboration with publisher Fibrum, the pair have announced another futuristic shooter called Space Ops VR, scheduled for release in May.
Space Ops VR is a sort of sci-fi training programme for new recruits, pitting them against various hostile forces either solo, cooperatively or head-to-head. While there will be a basic training and sandbox modes for beginners – likely played solo – the core gameplay in Space Ops VR revolves around its multiplayer features.
“In Space Ops VR the year is 2301 and humanity has taken to deep space in the search for valuable resources to solve Earth’s energy crises. To that end, the Space Ops were formed as an elite cadre of first-responders ready to take on any task the galaxy can throw at them,” the synopsis explains.
Players will be able to team up into pairs to complete team battles, having to fight through various aliens to complete the map ahead of the opposing team. Or players can go one-on-one, duelling it out across harsh environments in various modes such as Skirmish and Trials.
Like any good sci-fi FPS, Space Ops VR comes with an assortment of weapons and gadgets to send foes flying, like the Kinetic, Beam and Plasma guns as well as grenades and other toys. There are also customization options if you really want to stand out on the battlefield.
“We are very proud to present Space Ops VR to the virtual reality gaming community. We want players to experience a new kind of intense combat on VR platforms that can be enjoyed as a multiplayer cooperative challenge and a hardcore competitive game, complete with ranked matchmaking,” says Pidlisnyy Yevgeniy, CEO at DevCubeStudio in a statement.
With some clear overlap of design between Space Ops VR and Farhome it remains to be seen how the pair will properly differentiate themselves. You’ll be able to find out next month when the title arrives for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
Check out the first teaser trailer below, and for further updates on Space Ops VR, keep reading VRFocus.