At E3 this month we learned that the intriguing multiplayer mode of Lone Echo will be spun out into its own game called Echo Arena. While both Lone Echo and Echo Arena launch on July 20th, the latter is in open beta for this weekend only, available now.
The Echo Arena open beta runs until June 25th at 8:00PM PT and is available to download now on the Oculus store, Touch controllers are required. The game is a five vs. five match where players floating around in zero-G attempt to score a disc in the opponent’s goal.
Over at the Oculus blog, the company explores the game’s controls and offers a few gameplay tips for Echo Arena:
Practice, practice, practice. Rather than flying head-on into a match, take a second to gather your bearings and practice some moves in the lobby. Rehearse the basics, hang out with other players, and try some more challenging moves like tracking the disc, throwing while moving, and quickly changing directions.
Your best defense is full-contact offense. There’s nothing like a swift punch to temporarily take an opponent out of commission. Hold down both triggers and protect your facemask to block an incoming punch and stun your attacker!
Catapult yourself to victory! Sometimes the fastest way around the arena is to hitch a ride on another player—you can even launch yourself off of an opponent you just stunned with a punch to the face.
The Echo Arena open beta also offers a key opportunity for aspiring VR E-sports players to practice ahead of the upcoming ESL ‘VR Challenger League’ in which the game will one of two VR titles where players will compete for a $200,000 prize pool.
Following the beta, Echo Arena will launch on July 20th and be free for a limited time.