Whenever I hear the term “full-length VR game”, I usually roll my eyes and expect something with around 4 hours of gameplay. It’s just where we’re at with the industry at the moment, and while I’m not complaining because the industry is growing at a great pace, the term “full-length” has just lost some meaning for me. Which is why upcoming games like Seeking Dawn from Multiverse Inc. makes my heart skip a little beat or two. This studio has been teasing their sci-fi shooter for a while now, with the promise of bringing a polished, full-length story campaign of over 20 hours to VR.
Set to release on July 12th for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, Seeking Dawn takes place in the 23rd century where a bloke called James Weston is given the assignment to investigate the disappearance of an allied team on an alien world where opposing military forces are rumored to be active. You’ll be stepping into Weston’s shoes to piece together clues about what happened to the lost team while your ship’s grumpy captain keeps you company over your earpiece. As you hunt for clues, you’ll not only have to survive the alien landscape with it’s exotic (but deadly) flora and fauna, you’ll also have to contend with the enemy troops – who are dominating the ongoing intergalactic war.
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Seeking Dawn offers both a full single-player campaign spanning 20 hours of exotic action-packed encounters on an alien planet, as well as a co-op mode where you can invite 3 buddies or strangers to hop into this crazy new world with you. “By partnering with friends or finding teams through online match-ups, squads can work together and develop advanced tactics to flank and outmaneuver opponents to gain the upper hand. A sophisticated AI will see enemies adapt to every fighting style, ensuring that combat is kept challenging and unexpected as players must find new ways to survive deadly encounters,” Multiverse Inc. said in a press statement.
The game is not just about fighting your way through enemies and feral wildlife, however. Seeking Dawn also features crafting and base building mechanics that will allow you to create better weapons and upgrade them, as well as construct and fortify your base against the deadly foes of all shapes and sizes coming your way.
Right now, we’ll have to wait for the release to see whether Multiverse Inc. has delivered on all their promises since they’ve been pretty secretive of showing much of the gameplay up until this point. However, if you’re keen to try out Seeking Dawn before everyone else, then you’ll probably be happy to know that the first 500 people to pick up the pre-order for $35 US on the studio’s website will be able to play an exclusive closed beta of the game.
As for the rest of us plebs who don’t pre-order, we’ll just have to wait for Seeking Dawn to release at $39.99 US next month. PSVR players will also be getting their hands on the game but will have to wait a little longer.