There’s a Star Wars-like first person action game currently in development by a small indie studio called Matt’s Creations. The game, called The Frontier Outskirts is set to release on Steam on 19 May for HTC Vive.
You might have heard of this game before, under a different name – The Last Frontier – which was also set to release on the same date. But the developers had to change the name due to some copyright infringement claims, likely by a free MMO game with the same name. Which I find kind of funny, in a sense, because I honestly thought that they would be getting some heat for the whole Star Wars thing. The game got Steam Greenlit a while ago and had a store page, which was hidden by the studio a couple of days ago. However, they are still planning on going forward under the new name and the release date stays the same.
Now I won’t pretend to be up to date on any Star Wars copyrights owned by LucasArts or Disney, so the developers of this game might not be infringing on anything. They would have checked, right? So far so good, I guess. But I think that if this game does make it onto Steam without any hassle – then it’s good news for us. Mainly because we’re about to get some virtual lightsaber action!
Check out the trailer below:
The Frontier Outskirts Could Be a Lot of Fun
First off, I have to say that this game doesn’t look all that spectacular in terms of gameplay or graphics. Some the design features look like asset flips really (at least they gave credit where it’s due on their page). But that doesn’t mean I’m not excited about the prospect of being a not-Jedi *Wink*.
The Frontier Outskirts is a first-person wave shooter where you go up against enemies with guns, lightsabers (thought the developers are calling them beemswords) and what looks like the force – though I might be wrong on that. In the game you get dropped off by a carrier into the battlefield where you then go up against various humanoid and droid enemies. I’m not entirely sure what the locomotion options in the game are, since the Greenlight page just says “player movement support by HTC Vive controllers” whatever that means. But judging from the video, it looks like the developers have implemented arm swinging locomotion.
The Final Frontier will have two maps when it releases on May 19 as well as two game modes, campaign and custom game. Also, right now it’s a single player experience, but the developers have stated that they want to implement a multiplayer feature in the future.
So what are your thought on this? Personally, I’m glad to have the opportunity to get some Star Wars VR action – even though it’s not official Star Wars action. I’m definitely going to be swinging my lightsaber (beemsword) around like a Jedi master.
We have reached out to Matt’s Creations to find out more about their plans for The Frontier Outskirts.
We have spoken to Matej Vančo of Matt’s Creations and he has responded to a couple of questions. Upon asking about the possible copyright infringements, Matej answered, “I’m definitely sure that there could be some reports about the game content or idea of the game, cause our main inspiration is Star Wars and I fully understand that this will not be something new or original. We aren’t here to steal existing ideas or copyrighted content, we are here to make a big fun [game] for VR of something that almost everybody likes.”
Also, the release date for the game has been postponed again, until June 11. “We are very sorry. As a game director [I] would like to [say] thank you to every supporter of TFO VR and I appreciate every opinion. You can keep following TFO on the main Matt’s Creations page or on the TFO greenlight page. Thanks for everything!” Matej said. They are looking at a price tag between $5-$10. And they are planning a lot more content like new maps, new weapons, and new soldier classes. But their “main plan is to listen to the community,” he said.