Against Gravity’s popular social VR platform hops on the battle royale bandwagon with its latest free update.
With the immense popularity of recent titles such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite, and H1Z1, there’s no denying the intense stranglehold the battle royale genre has on the modern gaming community. Everyone and their mother is currently looking to cash-in on the unexpected rise of this particularly savage-style of competitive multiplayer, so it was obviously only a matter of time until VR developers began sinking their teeth into the lucrative genre with releases such as STAND OUT: VR Battle Royale and the upcoming Overduty VR: Battle Royale.
Now it seems as though even well-established VR experiences have begun to develop a taste for mayhem as Rec Room has now confirmed its own version of the battle royale genre is on its way to the social VR experience. Available early next month as a brand new mini game, Rec Royale delivers all the frustration and paranoia you’ve come to expect from a BR-style game, all in an adorable little package that will, at times, make you question your barbaric nature.
Up to 16 players will be able to parachute deep inside an overgrown national park, peppered with summer camps, mountains, forests, outposts, ravines, lakes, and other useful terrain to navigate and loot. Speaking of loot, developers Against Gravity went out of their way to build an entirely new backpack system to assist players in storing and quick swapping their weapons and power-ups.
Once you’re all strapped-up and feeling a little more confident, it’s then up to you to hunt down your foes using an assortment of pump shotguns, sniper rifles, and other powerful weaponry – all of which, we assume, will be firing paintballs. Th last one standing at the end takes home the grand prize and, more importantly, full bragging rights.
Like all of Rec Room’s other mini games, Rec Royale will support cross-platform play between PC-based headsets as well as the PSVR and is 100% free. Those logging in with a PlayStation Plus account however will receive an added bonus in the form of an exclusive paintball burst rifle skin. The new mode is set to launch Thursday, June 7th on compatible PC-based VR headsets and PSVR. Against Gravity is offering a public alpha test for those with registered Rec Room accounts from Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27.
Those looking for a less-stressful multiplayer VR experience may want to try Rec Room’s other, more casual mini games such as 3D charades, disc golf, and paddle ball, with more being added on a fairly regular basis.