First Contact Entertainment has seen plenty of success with its first-person shooter (FPS) Firewall Zero Hour for PlayStation VR. Back in June, during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2019, the team released the first details on their next project Solaris: Offworld Combat. Last week the first teaser trailer arrived for the upcoming experience.
Sticking to what the studio knows best, Solaris: Offworld Combat is another multiplayer shooter which will feature 4 vs 4 battles – no modes against bots – designed to be fast-paced in futuristic arena-style locations. As a purely online FPS matches will take place on dedicated servers rather than hosted by players which should provide a stable experience (Firewall Zero Hour has a recurring issue due to lack of dedicated servers).
Looking similar to virtual reality (VR) esports titles like Echo Arena by Ready at Dawn – just without the zero-g – the only gameplay mode revealed so far for Solaris: Offworld Combat is Control Point. Similar in function to King of the Hill modes, players have to control a location to earn points before it then moves, keeping players moving around the map.
As you can see in the released trailer there’s not a lot to go on as its cinematic rather than informative. But there are details to be gleaned from the footage. Like the weapons for example. Solaris: Offworld Combat doesn’t seem to feature any predetermined load-outs for players to experiment with. Instead, they’re supplied with pistols, to begin with, and will then have to collect other weapons during the match. These appear at specific spots in a level, and there’s no need to waste time standing in the open picking one up, it’s automatic when running over the location.
Solaris: Offworld Combat is being built for Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest with cross-play functionality, as well as PlayStation VR. The launch is currently scheduled for 2020 for all three devices.
Even with those few details Solaris: Offworld Combat is already looking promising as a sleek, no-holds-barred FPS. Firewall Zero Hour was one of VRFocus’ favourite shooters in 2018 receiving a five-star review. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Solaris: Offworld Combat, reporting back with further updates.