‘Space Junkies’ to Rocket onto PSVR, Vive & Rift Next Month, Trailer Here

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Space Junkies, the upcoming Unreal Tournament-style VR shooter from Ubisoft Montpellier, is headed to all major VR platforms starting March 26th.

Originally Space Junkies was only announced as a PCVR title, although now Ubisoft says PSVR users can get in on the fun too, albeit using using a Dualshock 4 controller. The studio makes no mention of PS Move, which is a bit strange considering the game’s chaotic, freewheeling nature and emphasis on both object interaction and communication via hand gestures.

Considering PSVR and PCVR have very little crossover when it comes to online multiplayer, it may be a moot point as far as competition is concerned. Cross-platform multiplayer hasn’t been confirmed at least for PSVR and the PCVR versions.

Last week the studio announced that Space Junkies was coming to 100+ VR arcades later this month, which may serve as a potent marketing strategy, appealing to would-be VR eSports players looking for the next Echo Combat (2018).

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The potential for a bustling online community is placed squarely in the hands of Ubisoft however. Content updates, bug fixes, and promotional events are all important components of keeping players engaged, something the studio has failed to do with most of its VR games excluding Star Trek: Bridge Crew (2017), which got it latest content update in Summer 2018; online multiplayer games Werewolves Within (2016) and Eagle Flight (2016) have basically languished in the meantime.

We went hands-on with Space Junkies at E3 last year, and it’s proven to be a highly polished shooting experience reminiscent of zero-G version of Unreal Tournament, albeit with more ‘Y’ to the ‘XYZ’ of traditional multiplayer shooter arenas. If that tickles your latent Unreal itch, check out a full match in closed beta to see just what’s in store.

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  • 3872Orcs

    Finally! I’ll be getting this on launch day!

    • Raphael

      I used to kill my teammates on BF3 and CSS.

      • jj

        you monster!!!

      • gothicvillas

        Cut dem throats when they expect the least

    • Not me, I love playing with friends. I’d be disappointed if there was no team play.

  • Alan Harrington

    £33.99 for a multiplayer only game? I’m out!!

    • Where did you get the price from? Not that I don’t believe you, but I can’t find it in the article.

      Also, being a PSVR game, they still feel the leeway to change premiums for VR. It’s not like on Steam, where VR games often hit $10 or less. I can’t tell ANYTHING about the gameplay from that trailer, but it sounds awfully simplistic for such a high price.

      • Alan Harrington

        It’s on the Oculus Store, available for pre-order, so unfortunately is the genuine price :-(

    • namekuseijin

      I don’t get this Ubisoft insistence on social games for VR. just bring a short AC VR experience or VRayman or a port of The Crew and it’d have a much more enthusiastic reception

      • Alan Harrington

        Agree, VR is too small to support multiplayer only games; companies should bring their big titles to VR with strong single player campaigns. In Ubisoft’s case what would be better than a Far Cry game? Even an older title would be awesome; as long as it’s not Far Cry 2 or Primal that is…