One of the quirkier looking virtual reality (VR) videogames expected this year is Little Chicken Game Company’s (REKT!, Track Labs) Traffic Jams. Today, publisher Vertigo Games has announced that the multiplatform title now has a release date set for early April.
Traffic Jams is certainly one of the more unusual VR ideas to crop up in 2021 as its all about the very everyday task of controlling traffic and pedestrians so jams, arguments and all sorts of other chaos don’t take place. This being the wacky, comedic videogame that it is, naturally, chaos is all part and parcel of the job.
Set across a variety of locations around the world where you take in the sights of Paris or try and deal with mayhem in Times Square, each city will have its own unique challenges to face. Whilst keeping the traffic flowing events such as “cheese bowling” or chugging frisbees at unsuspecting pedestrians will take place, or if you’re really lucky disasters both natural and unnatural will occur. Be prepared for spontaneously combusting buildings and the occasional meteorite.
With gesture-based gameplay where it’s all about using your hands, Traffic Jams should be a comfortable experience as you’re not required to move anywhere as you tend to be on the corners of a street. It’ll feature a single-player career mode where you can compete on global leaderboards or grab four non-VR friends for some multiplayer mayhem.
Plenty has happened since Vertigo Games announced the publishing deal with Little Chicken. The Arizona Sunshine studio was acquired by Koch Media for €50m EUR, and then went onto acquire SpringboardVR. Most recently the developer has been teasing new details for its upcoming shooter After the Fall which is expected this summer.
Traffic Jams is set to launch for Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index and Windows Mixed Reality headsets on 8th April 2021. A PlayStation VR version is also on the way, expected to arrive in the summer. For further updates on Vertigo Games’ latest projects, keep reading VRFocus.