You really can’t doubt the emergent popularity of battle royale games. With games like Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite taking the lead, I’d be surprised if you didn’t know anyone who isn’t currently playing some sort of battle royale title. So of course, developers are looking to get a piece of the pie and VR developers are no different.
While there have been a few attempts at the genre, with limited success, the latest VR developer to take a crack at the king of the hill style gameplay is Against Gravity – the studio behind the free VR social game, Rec Room.
The new upcoming mode is aptly called Rec Royale and is the latest addition to a series of new modes, including a pirate-themed adventure called Isle of Lost Skulls. The mode adds a whole new area to the game that’s modeled after a national park’s forest, complete with mountains, summer camps, outposts, ravines, and lakes. Not to mention a lot of loot to find.
Though this family-friendly title looks like it will take a softer route ala Fortnite style with lots of cool weapons like shotguns and sniper rifles that will be masked as paintball guns rather than powerful tools of death and blood. So even though Rec Room already has a paintball mode that pits two teams against each other, this mode seems to be much larger, with a big map and 16 players going one on one, lots of new loot, and even a new mechanic in the form of a backpack that will aid in switching quickly between inventory items.
A Battle Between Platforms
The new mode will be added to all of the platforms that Rec Room supports (including PSVR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality) on June 7th. “If you’d like an early peek at Rec Royale there will be a public alpha test for players with a registered Rec Room account from Friday 25th May to Sunday 27th May. We would love to hear your feedback during this public testing phase via the Rec Room subreddit and Discord server,” said Against Gravity’s Community Designer, Shawn Whiting in a PlayStation Blog post.
So if you’ve been looking for a good battle royale game in VR then this might very well be the one. Make sure to check it out when it releases for free next month or sign up for a free Rec Room account (if you haven’t already) and try the public alpha this weekend.