Pavlov VR, the Early Access VR shooter from indie developer davevillz, has a new badge under the ‘VR Support’ category on its Steam page which now indicates official support for Oculus Rift. Including a few minor bug fixes, the team added the announcement that a Battle Royale mode will be coming to the game in 2018, no doubt capitalizing on the success of Players Unknown Battle Ground (PUBG).
Davevillz announced the update on the game’s Steam blog, saying the Oculus implementation “is at a point where im [sic] comfortable to mark it as compatible in the store page.” Davevillz admits however “there’s still a few issues that need to get improved and fixed overtime.”
The game was originally designed primarily for use with HTC Vive, although subsequent updates added things like snap-turning and Touch-specific button mapping to make using the Rift’s controllers a little easier. While Rift players could always play Pavlov VR thanks to Steam’s OpenVR API, it’s nice to know the game can boast official support for anyone without the understanding of how SteamVR works.
Davevillz says updates have been sparse because of the upcoming Battle Royale mode, slated for a 2018 release. He suggests you keep an eye on the game’s official Discord channel for scheduled play tests (we know we will).
It’s uncertain how the Battle Royale mode will work, as the game is mostly centered around close-quarters combat and maps ported/recreated from popular games such as Counter Strike and N64 classic GoldenEye 007 (1997). A new refocusing of the game to become more openworld, and hence more PUBG-like, would be an interesting turn to say the least.