Orion13, Cyber Sci-Fi Hack-And-Slash VR Title With Full Body Locomotion Arrives Feb 13th, 2020

Orion13

Metro VR Studios is working on a new hack-and-slash, VR adventure game for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Index, and Mixed Reality HMDs called Orion13. The Boston-based development studio released a new trailer for the game recently, showcasing the basic gameplay mechanics and the crazy-weird world that you’re desperately trying to escape from.

Players embody the android Orion13, who is attempting to make their way back home by stealing a spaceship, killing anyone that gets in your way, and using melee weapons, and platform traversal to make your way across retro sci-fi universe.

You can scope out a glimpse of the trailer below, which arrived just in time for CES 2020.

There is some obvious jank to the way the game handles with the character movements and motion, but that sort of comes with the territory of all VR titles until better locomotion mechanics can be implemented, usually though this would require better motion tracking, which might be on the way thanks to middleware companies like 3lb Games and their body-tracking SDK.

Even still, I do like that the game features a fully rendered player-body where you can see their legs and arms and hands. This is a huge selling point to me for VR games, because I absolutely abhor the disembodied hands that seem to be prevalent in so many other VR titles out there, including the upcoming Half-Life: Alyx.

We do get to see more of Orion13’s gameplay in an interview that was posted on YouTube but unlisted. You can check it out below.

Compared to Boneworks it still looks rough around the edges, and the melee combat looks a little silly with the less-than-impactful hit-detection, but it has potential. Maybe if there’s some tender, love and care given to the game leading up to and past release to ensure that the melee and traversal are as polished as possible, Orion13 could end up becoming a sleeper VR hit.

You can learn more about Orion13 by visiting the official website or look to pick up a digital copy starting February 13th.

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