Colopl, a Japanese software publishing company from out of Tokyo, Japan, has recently announced that their latest game set to arrive on home computers is called Steel Combat. The game is due for release sometime this year for the Oculus Rift on PC.
Japanese gaming website Gamer picked up the news after it was announced by Colopl over on their official website. The game is actually being developed by one of Colopl’s subsidiaries called Exfoliating, and it sees players taking on the roles of VRs, known as Voluntary Rangers. These mecha beasts will duke it out in arenas using a two-tiered combat system not unlike Bandai Namco’s Pokken Tournament.
There will be a close range combat setup where players can execute dive kicks, combos, punches and slams, and there’s a long range combat setup where missiles and projectile weapons can be utilized against opponents.
This game readily reminds me a lot of Sierra Interactive’s Voodoo Extreme compatible Cyber Gladiators. This was back when 3D AGPs were just entering the market and a lot of unique and varied games were being made back then.
This newest game doesn’t seem to take many liberties with moving the mecha sub-genre forward by any great leaps or bounds but the graphics are okay and the two-tier fighting system seems unique, reminding me a little bit of Cyber Troopers Virtual-On for the Sega Saturn.
Unfortunately no gameplay trailer was released for Steel Combat but I wouldn’t be surprised if it arrived sometime soon ahead of its launch later this year. In fact, I would be willing to bet that we’ll see a lot more of the game at this year’s Tokyo Game Show.
Colopl is a publisher that is no stranger to virtual reality. They have previously released VR games like VR Tennis Online and Shironeko VR Project for the Gear VR. This would be a fairly big step up for them to take on a PC game designed specifically for the Oculus Rift instead of Android phones.
No release date has been set but the release window is supposedly summer, 2016. We’re already nearing the end of summer so I suppose we can expect Steel Combat either in late August or sometime in September.
You can keep an eye on the game or learn more about it by visiting the official website.