VertexBreakers recently launched their VR racing game, V-Racer: Hoverbike into Early Access on Steam. The game sees players riding and racing across a number of tracks using hoverbikes, just like the name infers. The game is available for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift for $19.99.
The Early Access launch only features four playable tracks, with the first two tracks being simple while the latter two tracks are designed to be very technical.
What’s unique about V-Racer: Hoverbike is the control setup. Instead of just using basic gamepad controls to move the bike around, you use the motion controllers to attach to the left and right handlebars and then you have to lean into and out of each turn as if you were actually riding a motorcycle.
While this might sound kind of confusing, there’s a video demonstration of how the control system and racing works courtesy of YouTuber DieselDesigns Gaming.
In addition to the standard race tracks there’s also a combat mode. The objective is to not only ride around the tracks but also to ride over the multi-colored pads to acquire special power-ups such as shields to block incoming attacks, projectile attacks, and turbo pads.
The combat mode is still based around racing, so you’ll need to not only deal with learning the tracks and racing competently, but you’ll also have to attack your opponents and dodge incoming attacks.
The combat mode is definitely far more intense than I thought it would be. There’s a lot to take in and to adjust to when it comes to the movements, the aiming, maintaining speed, and being able to take the turns.
The full version of the game will have more tracks for the time trial, combat race, and party game modes.
The developers have plans on adding more tracks on a regular basics, as well as expanding the career mode and adding an online multiplayer mode.
According to the developmental roadmap the Early Access will last anywhere between six months to a year. You can learn more about V-Racer Hoverbike by visiting the Steam store page.