Virtual pets have been around since the early days of gaming, with every second kid walking around with a little Tamagotchi device glued to their fingers. So it stands to reason that, with the new dimensions virtual reality brings to the table, some developers would experiment with bringing our beloved pets over to this new medium.
We’ve already seen many new pets make their way to headset owners, including Konrad the kitten and a virtual dog named RoVR. Both are good virtual versions of pets we can have in real life, of course, but what about a pet that doesn’t exist in real life? Something like a mix between Flubber and a balloon? Well, that’s exactly what we’re getting from Los Angeles-based solo indie developer Edwon.
Waba will be Edwon Studio’s debut title and introduces players to an adorable floating blue blob that you can squish, pull and push around to your heart’s content. Between feedings and putting Waba to sleep – virtual he may be, but he still has needs after all. The game is set to come to Steam for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows MR in Early Access, as well as the Oculus Store on July 10th. Edwon is also working on bringing the game to Leap Motion and iOS and Android via AR.
Check out the trailer:
After hatching your Waba, you’ll find that the game features a sort-of inventory that’s filled with four locations between which you can switch to complete certain interactions – much like what you’d find in a Petz game. Remember those? However, each area seems to be pretty simple right now, with only a couple of interactions available at the moment. “These games are very simple right now, but the goal is to eventually tie them all together into a bigger pet experience with a creature who has desires and needs and changes over time,” said Edwon in a video where he introduces Waba.
On the game’s Steam page, Edwon says that the game has been in development for three years and that he plans for it to be in Early Access for another year. During that time he hopes to make a “full virtual pet experience” which will feature things like pet evolution and custom personalities, as well as an item store and more environments.
When the game releases you’ll be able to interact with this extremely wobbly character who will react to all of your interactions, as well as feed him, play fetch with him, and see him off to bed. So if you’re keen to have a Waba of your own, or maybe you have some kids around who will appreciate the squishy love this virtual character has to offer, then make sure to check the game out when it releases next week.