We’ve seen a lot of different types of first-person PvP multiplayer games released for VR – from magic dueling in games like Wands to the good ol’ run and gun titles like Front Defense Heroes. But what we haven’t really seen much of sofar, is a VR multiplayer with archery as the main weapon. There’s oVRShot, which puts you in an arena with other players in team-based matches. Arrowborn offers a team-based deathmatch mode too, in a more medieval setting, along with a couple of other modes like a 10-player free-for-all. With real players or bots.
Arrowborn launched in Early Access on Steam last week, for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift at $14.99 US. Indie developer Kung Fu Robots took the fast-paced action that a first-person shooter offers, and combined it with the immersive capabilities that make archery work so well in VR. This isn’t just your ordinary run-of-the-mill bow and arrow shooter, however.
Check out the gameplay video below:
As you run around the map and jump from one cliff to another, you’ll be able to shoot an assortment of magical arrows at your opponents. Each type of arrow has its own unique way of wreaking havoc and giving you the advantage in the match. Though using them tactically and working with a strategy will still rather earn you the title of winner than brute force. Your bows aren’t the only things that can be upgraded – you can also attach a powerful gem to your armor to increase your survivability or boost your mana pool to fit your playstyle.
Then lastly, the game also offers you a shield for those of us who like to adopt a more defensive playstyle. You can also score points by blocking the incoming barrages. You’re totally free to choose your playstyle and loadout in the Arrowborn, so you can find the best way to dominate the match. Through all of this, you’ll be wanting to keep on the move, and Arrowborn only supports free locomotion along with a “super jump” ability. So if you’re a fan of teleportation or other locomotion types then you’ll likely not find them here, even after the game fully releases.
Right now, the game is in Early Access and the developers are planning on staying in EA for about a year, while adding an improved PvE experience, as well as earnable cosmetics, and an objective-based PvP mode like a flag/point capture, along with new maps and music to Arrowborn.
So if you’re really into VR archery (I know some people who are) then this title might be a refreshing and exciting experience. Check out Arrowborn on Steam and get your ultimate Legolas on.