It was a sad day in 2017 when one of virtual reality’s (VR) most prominent early supporters, CCP Games, which created titles like EVE: Valkyrie and Gunjack, decided to close studios and move away from VR development. In what could be the first sign of a return almost two years later, the studio has announced the first major update for PvP multiplayer Sparc, extending and enhancing its online features.
Dubbed the ‘Championship Update’, the release adds new cross-platform modes, including Ranked and Custom games, as well as an improved Spectator Mode. Get into the action fast with the Quick Play mode, or setup Custom Games to create a mixture of modes.
Or then there’s the all-new Ranked Mode. This offers players their toughest challenge yet, giving them a shot at competing for a spot at the top of the Leaderboard and a place in Sparc ’s Legend tier, reserved for the top 10 ranked players in the world. Players need to complete 10 matches first to gain a ranking, with their record determining a Legend, Diamond, Gold, Silver or Bronze tier ranking.
In between the action, players could always spectate, scouting opponents and watching custom games. The update improves this feature, allowing spectators to join as a “headless” observer. Invisible to both players and other spectators, as a “headless” observer players can cycle through multiple camera locations to view the action or free-fly using their controllers to propel themselves around the arena.
Sparc was always designed as a competitive eSport but interest has likely wained for the title in the last year of so thanks to CCP Games’ previous announcement. With this new update, however, this may spark some excitement for the experience, which is still a premium quality videogame.
A skill-based, physical sport, Sparc challenges two players to throw disk-based projectiles at each other inside a virtual arena, all the while defending themselves by dodging, blocking, or deflecting incoming attacks from their opponent. Sparc supports HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Valve Index and PlayStation VR headsets, retailing for £14.99 GBP on Oculus Store and £16.99 on Steam. For any further updates from CCP Games, keep reading VRFocus.