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Dante Buckley’s Studio Downpour Interactive is Producing the Popular Online Mutlipalyer #VR Game “Onward”

It’s barely been half a year since the release of hi-end VR interfaces, such as HTC Vive and StarVR, and there is already an army of developers, artists and enthusiasts who is creating the very foundation of future VR experiences. In a previous post, I made a statement about the success of the VR marketplace relies on skilled developers to pave the pathway. This doesn’t necessarily mean those with over ten years of development experience, but also those who have fortified their talent with grounded knowledge.

This brings me to Downpour Interactive. This studio was created from the ambitious desire of an college drop-out, known as Dante Buckley. With a little tuition, he invested in developing his very own game, titled “Onward.” After a year of development, and finally released on Steam Early Access, Onward has received over 700 reviews on Steam, averaging out to “Very Positive” gaming experience and boasts a steady 50 players online at any given moment, which cannot be said for most online VR multiplayer games on the market.

Onward is an online multiplayer first person shooter game built for VR HMDs. It is a real-world simulation, where player must rely on coordination, communication and markmanship skills for finishing objectives successfully. There are no HUDs, no handicap crosshairs and limited respawns, giving the game its edge. With multiple maps, varying weather conditions and times of day, each match tests your combat skills and requires team cooperation.

Since it’s development, Onward grossed over $400,000, which is pretty impressive, being developed primarily by one person. Dante also created a blog tracking his progress, which includes implementation of weapon customization, new objectives, motion control inputs and Early access. In an Skype interview with UploadVR, regarding a question about comfort level, he states, “I got lucky with how people don’t really get sick. People that get sick in other games don’t seem to get sick in Onward.” A definite barrier he’s managed to overcome in a VR experience.

With Onward having an active fan base and continuous growth in popularity, Dante is currently hiring for other talented people to join his team in ensuring steady success for Downpour Interactive. The game is still in development, but you can purchase the game on Steam for $24.99. If you want to learn more about the direction he plans for his studio, go ahead and contact him.

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@Rebellion Has Re-imagined Retro Arcade Game BattleZone for #VR

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ retro game now and then? If it wasn’t for affordable consoles of the modern-day, gaming arcades would still be as popular as it was back in the mid twentieth century. Actually, if you want to experience the arcade environment again in virtual reality, then there is New Retro Arcade: Neon. Though, if you’re looking for an re-imagined retro game built for virtual reality, then BattleZoneVR is one to add to your VR to-do list.

Rebellion are the re-imaginaries of this classic 80’s arcade game. Founded in 1992, Rebellion is an impressive studio, which has had several games top the charts, which include the Sniper Elite series, Nazi Zombie Army, Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron and Aliens vs. Predator. They are also acquired cult comic publisher, 2000 AD, who are responsible for Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper. With over 23 years of experience developing great games and being avid arcade junkies, they’ve put their skills to the test to bring BattleZone into the future.

If you don’t know the backstory of BattleZone, the game takes place in a technologically advanced wasteland filled with robots who are controlled by The Corporation(an all dominating industrial complex). Humanity is nearing extinction, who now relies on you and your Cobra( the most powerful battle vehicle ever) to take down The Corporation and it’s legions of mechanized forces.

The current iteration of BattleZone is built from the ground-up specifically for PlayStation VR. No two maps you battle in is the same, as it is procedurally generated, which means it’s important for you to choose the tank and load-out most handy for you. There is different ways to customize your cobra, with an arsenal of tools of destruction, including machine guns, laser-guided missiles, shield bursts, etc.

As you continue to chip at the corp, you’ll gain access to more powerful tanks, weapons and equipment, ensuring that you can stand against the more formidable foes. You’ll also be collecting data which allows you to boost your health and shields. If you’re worried about facing the corporation alone or just want a squad to ensure their downfall, there is a co-op mode.

With highly detailed colorful environments and ever-changing battle sequences for the PSVR owner to immerse themselves in, it induces high competitiveness and replay-ability. BattleZone has received recognition from VideoGamer.com (“One of the best shooters I’ve played in ages”), GamesRadar(“This is a PlayStation VR launch you’ll want on your day one list”) and other VR enthusiasts. The game is currently available in major retailers for price of $40, which will be well worth it. To follow-up on their developments and announcements on Twitter @BattlezoneVR.

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Mindfield Games: Explore the Mystery of RAMA’s Research Station on Saturns Moon ‘Titan’ in Virtual Reality

One of the greatest features of virtual reality is the exploratory aspect it provides. In other words, instead of peering through a window as you do with a two-D screen, VR pushes you through the fourth-wall, given you the ability to be inside and interact directly with computer-generated environments. This is why it is such a revolutionary way to experience various media, such as games or motion pictures.

Mindfield Games is taking advantage of this newfound media interface with their VR flagship game “P.O.L.L.E.N.” P.O.L.L.E.N. is a first-person exploration game on a alternate timeline, where President John F. Kennedy was not assassinated and the internet as we know it, was never invented. With rare resources dwindling on Earth, major corporations combined their efforts to scour the Solar System for these valuable resources.

One such conglomerate is RAMA Industries. They are a result of the merge of Rand Quantum Technologies, Argent Nano Engineering, Maxilion Space Industries and Associated Global Media. In order to find the right people for the right job for long-term job satisfactions, they employ PAT, which is short for Psychological Assessment Test. Recruits are given a serious of seemingly random questions, that identifies their profile and the most suitable job for them.

Some of these recruits may become asteroid miners or do research in a newly developed space facility. Your job duty is the reserve employee of RAMA. You are sent to Station M located on Titan, the Earth-like moon of Saturn, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of an employee part of Station M’s research team.

As you explore the base, you learn more about the operations of RAMA Industries, encounter environment-based puzzles and obtain notes left by the employees. To create as much ‘presence’ as possible, Mindfield Games implements binaural atmospheric audio that mimics how human ears hear the natural environment. By listening closely to the noise emitted from the empty halls of Station M, you’ll learn more about what happened within the confines of RAMA’s 13th moon base.

P.OL.L.E.N.’s detailed environments, binaural soundscape, captivating story and fully-interactive world, makes it a game worthy of adding to your VR to-do list. It can be played on the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PSVR for $24.99. Even if you do not own a VR headset, you can still explore RAMA’s Research Facility on Titan on your computer monitor. Learn more about the game on their support page or connect with them through their social network.

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