Back in 2016, indie developer Reddoll and publisher Merge Games released a voxel-style, virtual reality (VR) table tennis simulator called VR Ping Pong for HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. Reasonably successful, the teams announced work on a sequel, VR Ping Pong Pro, earlier this summer heavily updating the graphics in the process. Now the title is almost ready to be rolled out, with a November date now set.
Offering both single-player and online multiplayer modes, VR Ping Pong Pro aims to offer a far more professional looking experience than previously, with eight photo-realistic backdrops ranging from arcades and stadiums to Japanese gardens. Reddoll is certainly building upon the original, providing ping pong fans with a VR title that’s much more akin to a simulator.
Gameplay features will include the ability to go from novice to pro across five difficulty levels, accurate physics with full-spin mechanics, customisable rackets and ping pong balls and a bunch of mini-games for those times in between matches. As for the main competitive matches you can play locally against the AI while online there are single or tournament matches.
VR Ping Pong Pro is scheduled to release on 12th November 2019 for PlayStation VR and PC VR headsets like HTC Vive via Steam, priced at £19.99 GBP / $24.99 USD / €24.99 EUR.
There isn’t a lot of competition in the VR table tennis market at the moment with VR Ping Pong Pro’s main rival being Racket Fury: Table Tennis VR by 10Ants Hill. With a little more sci-fi flavour thanks to robotic avatars, Racket Fury: Table Tennis VR is available for a wide variety of headsets including Oculus Quest. VRFocus reviewed the PlayStation VR version.
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