During this year’s E3 we saw the rise of one of the focuses in the gaming industry over the last couple of years: VR. There were booths and demonstrations and announcements for all manner of variety of VR games, one such game is the first-person, locomotion racing title, Sprint Vector.
The independently made game from Survios sees players racing against one another in a popular game show that requires players to run full speed ahead, climbing walls, jumping over obstacles and attempting to beat another human opponent to the finish line.
I suppose the best way to describe it is if Mad Dash adopted the graphics of Rez and turned into a first person game. There’s a cool six minute demonstration showing a two player competitive bout between WWE’s Xavier Woods and someone from Smosh Games going head-to-head. You can check it out below, courtesy of Samoa Joe and UpUpDownDown.
Originally I thought that the game was going to be a lo-fi, tech-demo kind of racing game, but once you see how it’s designed and how players have to use their arms to maintain locomotion, actually use the HTC motion controllers (or Oculus Touch) to climb up the wall, and attempt to take advantage of certain abilities to gain turbo boosts or recover lost momentum, it’s obvious that this is the kind of game that could actually make VR a longstanding and fun corner of the gaming market.
The most impressive thing is just how fast and fluid the locomotion is and how the player characters actually have arms. Thank you Suvios, thank you!
After the race ends Samoa Joe rips on Woods for not fulfilling his promise of beating the record and setting a new high score. It’s glorious.
Anyway, the full version of Sprint Vector will feature both single and multiplayer competitive rounds, with up to eight contestants per race. There will be time trials, versus runs, and even races with weapons and items to help slow down those who are too good for their own good.
There’s a full pulsing electronic soundtrack to match and a crazy cache of playable characters to choose from. Survios has plans on launching Sprint Vector later this year for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. You can keep track of the game by checking out the Steam store page.