Survios, formerly Project Holodeck, is emerging from stealth proper at VRLA on Saturday as it prepares to unleash its new ‘Active’ VR first person shooter build for ‘free roaming’ co-op ‘Raw Data’, a launch title for the forthcoming HTC Vive.
Project Holodeck was one of the first VR projects covered on this website, and it remains one of the most ambitious. The project aimed to offer players an untethered, free-roaming VR experience with technology that pre-dates the Oculus Rift Kickstarter. In fact, the project shared the same labs at the University of Southern California with Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus.
Now, after years in stealth mode, the team are preparing to launch their first virtual reality title, built for the HTC Vive, a co-op first person shooter called Raw Data. What’s more, the team intend to share the game with the world in what they claim is a first of a kind, a live-streamed VR gaming event, taking place just after the VRLA winter expo this Saturday.
In Raw Data, you and a friend get to choose from a variety of weaponry, wielded using the Vive’s SteamVR controllers, with “deployable weapons” helping you to fend off waves of killer androids from all angles. Each player defends their corner, moving within their own physical play-spaces yet within the same virtual world.
“We’re making VR video games that let you play how you always wanted to play: by actually being part of the action. Swinging a sword, deflecting bullets, holstering a gun, drawing a bow–to us, these little yet super fun motions are the essence of Active VR,” remarked James Iliff, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Survios. “At VRLA this weekend, we’re stoked to finally showcase many of the reasons why Active VR is so exciting: full in-game embodiment, multiplayer sessions and the self-expression and spectatorship that come with live-streaming in virtual reality.”
Survios seem to really be going to town on the live-stream, treating it as a ‘curated’ event, with views from within the virtual world augmented, from both the player’s point of view and using real world ‘cameras’ to move around the physical and virtual play-spaces at the same time. The event will be hosted by Malik Forte of Nerdist Industries and will provide commentary and interviews giving viewers an insight into just what Survios has been up to all this time.
The event will be streamed via Twitch and kicks off at Saturday night starting at 8:15pm PT. Check out the stream here.