Ever wanted to ride a broomstick like they do in Harry Potter but told your inner child that’s never going to happen? Well thanks to Japanese studio UNIVRS, Inc. and some virtual reality (VR) magic, Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing is going to be the closest most people get when the title arrives later this year for Oculus Quest.
Based on the Japanese anime series Little Witch Academia by Studio TRIGGER, the racing videogame puts you in the shoes of a new student at Luna Nova Witchcraft Academy.
Offering a brand new story Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing allows you to create your own character and team up with characters Sucy, Akko, Lotte and more from the series. The videogame will feature voice acting in English and Japanese from those who star in the anime.
With 10 tracks spread throughout familiar areas around Luna Nova, in single-player mode, you can complete the races using magical energy to speed up and attack other racers or purify ghosts. In the online multiplayer you can also explore the grounds of Luna Nova to relax.
Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing held successful crowd-funding campaigns on Kickstarter and Campfire in 2019, raising over $165,000 in total. A launch was originally scheduled for June 2020, but like many developers around the world UNIVRS, Inc. had to change its plans when adopting protective lockdown measures because of COVID-19.
There’s a veteran team helping make the title including director Junichi Yamamoto who was the opening and ending movie director on The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Studio TRIGGER meanwhile was founded by the creators behind iconic anime shows such as Neon Genesis Evangelion. Little Witch Academia has a run of 25-episodes currently available on Netflix.
The studio expects to launch Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing for Oculus Quest in late 2020. PlayStation VR and PC VR versions will follow in early 2021. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing, reporting back with further updates.