Oculus Quest owners will probably want to take a day off on 26th March as there’s going to be an influx of content arriving. Currently, The Room VR: A Dark Matter, Down The Rabbit Hole and B-Team are all scheduled to launch, plus Ready at Dawn is holding a little closed alpha for a multiplayer you may have heard of, Echo VR.
Echo VR is a team-based competitive experience split into two modes, Echo Arena and Echo Combat. The former is like a zero-g sports tournament where two teams of four face-off, scoring goals whilst boosting, gliding and punching opponents out the way. Echo Combat is a bit more violent in the fact that weapons are involved plus there’s a object teams have to attack/defend to win.
The title arrived for Oculus Rift back in 2017 and now progress is being made towards the Oculus Quest version which should hopefully arrive this year as they’re conducting community gameplay testing. For those interested in signing up head to Ready at Dawn’s registration page and submit your details. As the page notes there’s no guarantee you’ll be chosen as the studio will go through a selection process. Those that are will be added to a private Discord channel and sent an NDA to sign – which means no streaming, pictures or recording of any Echo VR community testing.
Echo VR’s Lead Designer Eric Hankins has confirmed that the Oculus Quest version will be cross-play compatible with Oculus Rift, which should markedly open up the multiplayer experience to more players. The Oculus Quest edition will also feature the same character customisation options although it’s unclear if they’ll be available in the closed beta.
Facebook hasn’t disappointed when it came to the Game Developers Showcase this week in lieu of the Game Developers Conference (GDC). The Oculus Quest has been the main attraction with new experimental features coming this month, details on how well the standalone headset is doing, as well as updates for videogames like Beat Saber and Pistol Whip.
There’s still one more day to go so let’s wait and see what else Facebook has planned. For further updates, keep reading VRFocus.