At present there aren’t many MMORPG’s for virtual reality (VR) headsets, the most well known of the bunch being OrbusVR: Reborn. That’s not going to last long, however, thanks to several titles on the horizon. NetEase’s Nostos is on its way while role-playing game (RPG) specialist inXile Entertainment seems to be adding a multiplayer aspect to its next VR experience. Adding to this troop is a cyberpunk VR MMORPG called Zenith, which recently launched (and funded) a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign.
Zenith is the brainchild of indie studio Ramen VR, inspired by anime and JRPG classics. Powered by SpatialOS, a platform designed around the creation of large and dynamic open worlds, the team aim to make Zenith a dynamic living world with cross-play between VR headsets such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index and PlayStation VR as well as PC. Players will be able to fight, craft, and explore this fantastical world, forging alliances and friendships in guilds and parties as they go.
The initial funding goal was fairly low, set at $25,000 USD. This was easily achieved within four hours and now the campaign sits at just under $50,000 (at time of writing). This success has already seen a couple of funding goals hit, with plenty of time to aim for the rest.
“Zenith is our passion project, as we want to share the dream of a living anime world that players can experience on VR and PC without limitations,” said Lauren Frazier, co-founder of Ramen VR in a statement. “We invite RPG fans to join us on our journey and imagine their lives as legendary anime heroes!”
With over a month still to go until the campaign ends, interested backers can pledge $29 (£24 GBP) to support the project, with that tier gaining them a digital copy of Zenith when it arrives. Going a little further up, for $35 (£29) backers will get early access to the closed alpha. Currently, Ramen VR expects to launch Zenith in August 2020.
“We view our backers and our community as co-creators with us,” said Andy Tsen, co-founder of Ramen VR. “We believe the more support we raise from Kickstarter backers who believe in the game, the more we’ll be able to realize the vision we all share.”
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Zenith as the Kickstarter progresses, reporting back with the latest updates.