My goodness, the visuals for VRSailing are absolutely gorgeous. I’m really loving those water and wave effects. The team at BeTomorrow has pretty much created the VR sailing simulator equivalent of Microsoft’s Flight simulator.
I am aware that there are other boat simulators available and Microsoft even made a ship simulator back in the day. However, the graphical quality and immersion levels of VRSailing has taken modern day technology to bring a new gaming experience to the genre of boat simulators.
I’m not entirely sure how many boats you can use or sail the high seas with since the Greenlight page only shows a single boat. I believe that since this is supposed to be a realistic VR experience, the developers aimed to give the players one single boat with amazing graphics and physics, instead of five to ten boats that behaved poorly. VRSailing will feature realistic sails, boat movement and weather effects. The developers released a small gameplay teaser for their game, so take a look at the video I linked below.
As you can see from the above video, there are different weather effects as well as different times of the day that you can adjust. The developers say that they have realistic weather and wind patterns to really create some fun sailing adventures.
They also say that they have special camera technology to reduce headbob and motion sickness while playing the game. VRSailing isn’t out there for the public just yet, but when it is released the game will be 100% free. The developers also say that they will work on adding in more content like additional ships, more content with more weather effects, as well as other game modes like racing. I’m not sure if other headsets are supported, but right now they only have the HTC Vive listed.
Can you interact with the sails? Turn the motor on and off? Walk around the boat? I’m not sure because the gameplay video is rather limited, so we will have to wait and see how it goes when it fully releases. VRSailing will be releasing sometime before the fourth quarter ends, so you can expect to see it on the Steam store soon.
If you would like to help speed up the process and help them get accepted through the Steam Greenlight process, you can follow the provided link to cast your vote.
Furthermore, you can also visit the developer’s official website to learn more about the company and their products.