Ivanovich Games’ Touring Karts has officially entered into Early Access on Steam for $19.99. During the first week of release you can get it for 10% off the normal price for only $17.99, but you will need a VR headset to get the most out of the game.
Touring Karts is essentially a VR version of Mario Kart. It works with the HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift, Microsoft’s Mixed Reality headsets, and the Valve Index. The game supports up to eight players in multiplayer races, where you can either compete in custom games or unlock more than 500 original challenges in the single-player story mode.
The online modes include Daily Cups, Custom Play, and Random play. You’ll be able to duke it out with other players over the course of 22 different tracks with 30 customizable cars.
There are 45 different power-ups you can use to attack, defend, and leverage your position on the track against other racers, and they have an inventive solution to curb motion sickness with a dizziness-free third-person perspective where you race from an arcade cabinet from within the game.
The Early Access edition has most of the content completed to a final state, but they want to add additional online tournaments and events, along with more character, team, and kart customization. There are also plans to add more karts and tracks to the final build.
So how long do they plan on keeping Touring Karts in Early Access? Around three months.
Typically VR games don’t usually tickle my fancy due to them being wonky and whatnot, but Ivanovich Games seems to be aiming to make Touring Karts a classic-style kart-racer with the kind of playability and vibrancy that you would oftentimes find from a home console title. They also have support for a variety of control schemes, including force-feedback for steering wheels, motion-based wand controls, and standard controller support.
If Touring Karts seems like an interesting game to you, feel free to check out the new VR racer or learn more about it by visiting the Steam store page.