It’s always refreshing when an indie studio comes up with an original new idea for a VR game. Honestly, after wading through the waist-high water (which in my case isn’t very high I guess) of wave shooters and escape the room puzzlers out there, it doesn’t take much for something to feel refreshing to me these days.
However, Canadian studio Trebuchet has proven their penchant for creativity with their first VR release last year, the cartoonish kingpin VR game Prison Boss VR. Their latest title takes quite a different route, though, and puts you straight on the horse’s back for some spirited fun in Jousting Time.
Jousting Time lets you fight other players in intense online multiplayer VR duels. These duels will, of course, feature a horse speeding off with you and a lance in tow while another player does the same from the other side of the fence. It may not be 1649 but we’ll certainly party like it is – and everyone’s invited. Trebuchet made sure that anyone can see the spectacular showcase of VR players fighting intense duels with interactive community spectating features for non-VR players.
Check out the exclusive gameplay footage below:
So Jousting Time has two unique experiences to offer. On the one hand, you’ll find yourself strapped into a horse in VR, about to charge off at breakneck speed to get your neck wrung by a long pole in an arena full of cheering crowds. Jousters will have to choose between 6 different weapons to fight their opponents and try to decapitate them. Each weapon functions differently, and learning how to use them effectively could be the difference between becoming a glorified beheader or a headless horseman. The game lets you focus on finding the right spots to hit and right times to dodge by letting you yell at your horse through the VR headset to gain speed.
Or you get to enjoy a virtual renaissance fair and sit in the stands cheering the idiots – er, I mean heroes – on horses on. Anyone who isn’t partaking in the VR tournaments can easily enter the arena’s stands as a virtual spectator in the crowd via the spectator web client. You’ll be able to cheer on your favorite heroes, throw medieval popcorn (so just popcorn?) at the dark knights who don’t curry favor with the crowd.
The game will also offer a hubworld called The Feast where jousters will get to hang out and challenge each other to jousts or play integrated minigames.
Trebuchet has launched their Kickstarter page for Jousting Time and supporting the Kickstarter will grant you instant access to the game’s closed beta for the spectator client and the main game depending on the option you choose.
No release date has been announced for Jousting Time yet, but we suspect it will release in Early Access towards the latter end of 2018. The game is set to release for HTC Vive and Oculus with a possible PSVR launch afterward. Trebuchet will also be at PAX East this week to show off their game so you’re welcome to have a go at it there.