What will kill you first – the zombies or the harsh Arizona heat? In an upcoming zombie VR shooter called Arizona Sunshine, you get dumped smack dab in the middle of the zombie apocalypse with a mysterious radio signal that implies there are other potential survivors out there somewhere. The signal is coming from a radio station called Arizona Sunshine. So you set out to find them – in the scorching heat. Not to mention the brain eaters out and about looking for you.
An interesting addition to the game is the movement mechanics. You move by shooting. That’s right – you move by shooting a sign placed at specific points and that basically teleports you to the next location. It seems a weird concept – but maybe it works great, we’ll have to wait and see.
You can check out the 360° announcement trailer here.
The (concept) art of survival
The guys over at Vertigo Games recently released some of their concept art for the game and the visuals are stunning.
A lot of the time the concept art looks different from the final product, but not so with Arizona Sunshine – they wanted to keep the final visuals as close to the initial concept as possible. “The environment is very colorful. I would like the art to be unique, because a lot of concept art you see (in zombie games) is very monochromatic and gritty and have a lack of life and colour,” said Bang Phan, the concept artist responsible for creating the environment, characters and props. “So when you look at it, you can really feel the color of Arizona and the moodiness of each different scene of the day, while still having that creepy zombie feel,” he continued.
Bjorn Scholma, a 3D artist working on the game said, “The difference between a non-VR game and a VR game is that the detail in the game needs to be way more visible. So for example, screws or little metal objects or something – you can’t use that in a normal way, because when you turn your head around then you won’t see the difference because it’s flat. So there needs to be a model actually there.”
What you can expect to see in Arizona Sunshine?
The developers are aiming for a fully immersive experience, with structures, animals and props that showcase the once non-brain hungry population that lived there. They are also incorporating other survival mechanics – besides not getting yourself eaten – like your own rumbling stomach. Some other features include:
- Wind and water effects
- Destructible environments
- Join forces in co-op multiplayer. Combine forces with a friend in co-op campaign mode or multiplayer Horde mode for up to four players. But beware, more warm brains mean more, hungry undead.
- Real-life weapon handling. Using VR motion controllers, handle, fire, and reload over 25 different weapons with real-life movements. Anticipate attacks, manage your ammo and aim down the sights to blast your enemies to undead pieces.
- Freely explore your surroundings. Move around without restraints to explore a series of huge southwestern American environments, including blistering-hot deserts, treacherous canyons and deep, dark mines.
- Put yourself through serious survival. Scavenge the environment, loot your enemies and manage your ammo and consumables.
The game has no set release date yet, but will be available on Steam for the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. You can find the closed Beta on Steam where they will be randomly picking a couple of lucky people to test out the first four levels of the game in November.