Fans of VR games have some interesting titles to look forward to this year developed by Rank17, a VR-focused publisher.
The first game in the list is Super Pixel Smash, a retro-themed game. It will be followed by Monster Crush Online, a monster sim, and Planetary Punchout which is described as an “alien boxing” sports game. Rank17 also has a sniper focused first-person shooter currently in production.
Below is the official synopsis for Super Pixel Smash. It is expected to be released this month.
Wield pixelated paddles to smash powerful shots across colorful interactive walls. Target power-ups for increased scoring, leverage the ever tricky “multi-balls,” or even unlock charged shots to rake in the points. Above all, be sure to avoid the dreaded “death panels”… and race against the clock to secure an impressive high score!
The trailer looks fun. As far as I can tell this game will help you burn a few calories while playing.
The next game is Monster Crush Online (working title).
Play as a giant monster crushing everything in its path. Choose from four capable creatures — Carl Cthulhu, Demon Dave, Gorzilla Greg, and Randy Rockford — and lay waste to fully destructible cityscapes in this entertaining monster sim. In multiplayer mode, compete against friends or go co-op for some shared VR mayhem.
The third game on the list is Planetary Punchout, again a working title.
As an unwilling competitor in the Intergalactic Boxing Federation (IBF), the only choice is to face antagonistic alien creatures in a series of out-of-this-world boxing matches. Winning is far from easy: Each alien race has developed unique fighting styles — and defeat is not an option. Win enough bouts … and live to fight another day!
We also have a quote from Steve Iverson, the Studio Head of Rank17.
“This is shaping up to be a standout year for Rank17. After building on the positive reception of our previous games — including the well-received BladeShield — we’re charging full speed ahead with a new generation of ‘pick up and play’ VR titles. Breakout fans will find much to love in the nostalgic Super Pixel Smash. I’m sure that even meekest among us would be up for some city stomping fun in Monster Crush Online. Boxing is already fun, but punching aliens in [the] face in Planetary Punchout is even better. Finally, FPS fans will soon get the VR game they always wanted in our upcoming sniper game. There’s much more to come throughout 2017!”
Rank17 also has VR games you can play right now.
What do you think of the upcoming VR games by Rank17? Let us know.
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