Say what you will about virtual reality, not a lot of titles have actually made us get up and move. There was Holoball but that’s only one game. Well, times are changing and Eve universe creator, CCP Games, is bringing a literal full-body, competitive sport to our PlayStation VRs.
Sparc is a skill-based and fast-paced experience. Players will use their motion controllers to throw projectiles at one another, from a distance, while defending themselves through actual dodging, blocking, or deflecting. Think of yourself as a ninja who can’t run away. Yea, that analogy works well. The multiple online modes will also have a freeform social area known as the Courtside. Here you can watch other gamers have at each other and queue for the next match.
There will also be single-player challenges, training modes, and a ton of customization options for Sparc competitors. But let’s be honest, we’ll be too busy hammering away at each other’s bodies in multiplayer.
“After our early experiments with standing VR gameplay, we were excited by the idea of building an original sport designed for the current generation of VR hardware. We’ve designed Sparc so that players can express and improve their skill through their physical actions,” said Morgan Godat, Executive Producer at CCP Atlanta. “Ultimately, we want players to think of Sparc as a virtual court in their living room where they can meet and compete with other players from around the world.”
“At CCP games, our goal is to harness our passion for virtual reality as a new medium and create the killer apps for the first generation of VR technology,” said Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP Games. “We set out to achieve that in mobile VR with Gunjack and in seated VR with EVE: Valkyrie, both released in the first year of VR becoming publicly available. With Sparc, we want to capitalize on the unique strengths of standing VR and deliver a game with all the depth and excitement to keep players returning long into the future.”
Sparc is expected to release sometime later this year. CCP Games has promised to reveal more information in the coming months and you can check out the short announcement trailer above.
CCP Games Press Release