Ubisoft today announced a new VR arcade shooter called Space Junkies, billing it as a “jetpack-fueled arcade shooter developed exclusively for virtual reality gaming.”
According to Ubisoft, the game features fast-paced multiplayer competition set in three-dimensional “Orbital Arenas,” letting players have shootouts in a micro-gravity environment. Space Junkies will be available on Oculus Rift (requiring Touch) and HTC Vive in spring 2018.
Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, the same studio that produced much of the Rayman series, Space Junkies features 1v1 or 2v2 combat inside the “Dirty Bowl,” a collection of Orbital Arenas that Ubisoft says “dynamically respond to players’ actions and allow them to navigate and attack from any direction.” Weapons are customizable and have the ability to be combined, the emphasis being on the player’s ability to change up their assault tactics.
To drive the experience, Ubisoft Montpellier created a new VR-capable engine called Brigitte, which the company says is designed to “evolve and adapt to the way worlds can now be created for VR, as well as including the new VR interfaces in the development process and map creations.”
“Space Junkies is for VR players who are looking for something new and insane and that will get their competitive juices flowing,” said Adrian Lacey, Producer, Ubisoft Montpellier. “We are creating a multiplayer, competitive, adrenaline-filled shooter that’s out of this Galaxy, and gives players freedom to take full advantage of the evolution of player to machine interfaces that only virtual reality can offer.”
Check out more about Space Junkies here.