Anyone who owns (or owned) a Wii has probably played a bout or two of virtual tennis before. It was probably one of the most popular mini-games on the platform. So while VR and the Wii aren’t exactly the same thing, both make use of kinetic feedback to simulate in-game movement and other arm-heavy games like archery, table tennis, and various rhythm titles have been very popular amongst VR players.
So why is a killer tennis title still missing from the ranks of great must-have VR games? I honestly don’t have an easy answer, but Rollercoaster Dreams developer Bimboosoft hopes to change that reality with their upcoming PSVR title Dream Match Tennis VR.
The title has been announced in the latest issue of Famitsu Magazine and though no release date has been revealed yet, the team is said to be nearly done with the title. It also has a Playstation Store page describing some of the things you can expect from the game, including 4 types of movement options titled “Auto Teleport,” “Auto Real,” “Manual Game,” and “Manual Real”. So we can likely expect more news around Dream Match Tennis VR in the upcoming weeks.
Here’s some gameplay footage that was released along with the announcement. It shows some of the realistic ball handling movements you can expect to see in the game:
According to the magazine Dream Match Tennis VR will simulate all the movements of a real-life tennis game, including racket and ball movements, rotations, and angles. Details on the game are light right now, but we do know that the game will also feature a human-like AI known as “Snnite,” that will aim to offer a convincing tennis experience. So far so good it seems – the title sounds like it’s on the right track with a focus on realistic play and opponents. That doesn’t mean that it’s be all that entertaining, though. So we’ll have to wait for more information and the eventual release to see.
For now, you’ll have to content with titles like Danger Ball and Racket Fury to get our ball hitting urges satiated in VR.