Announced at E3 on Monday – CCP’s upcoming VR sports title, Sparc has been postponed for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift users, probably until next year. But the studio has confirmed that the game will still be coming to PlayStation VR headsets in Q3 of this year.
They also showed a new E3 trailer at the Sony press conference, which you can view below:
Sparc, The vSports Game
Sparc is a VR sports game, where the main event features two players who throw glowing orbs at each other in a Tron-like arena setting. Like a true sport, Sparc looks like it will focus on physical skill and dexterity. You have to go all out – dodge, block, and deflect incoming attacks from opponents to win at all costs. Although, they are promising multiple game modes so there should be other challenges when the game releases.
“With Sparc, we’ve set out to deliver an original sport for the current generation of VR hardware,” said Morgan Godat, executive producer at CCP Games’ Atlanta studio. “We want to create plasma-clad sporting champions in living rooms via the virtual court, where challengers will meet and compete with other players from around the world,” CCP said in a recent press release. They are calling Sparc a virtual sport or vSport in the hopes that it helps define the future genre.
The studio, known for their EVE series, decided to venture into a new avenue with Sparc, bringing players the chance to set their wits and physical ability against others in the virtual realm. Players will be able to play against friends or others through online matchmaking in two-player games. People will also be able to spectate the games through “Courtside, a freeform social area”. Sparc will offer single-player challenges and training modes upon launch as well.
CCP is offering a hands-on demo experience of Sparc at E3 this year. We will bring you more information once we’ve had a chance to check it out.