BONELAB, Successor of BONEWORKS, Announced for Quest 2 & PC VR

Previously identified solely as ‘Venture four’, developer Stress Degree Zero has formally introduced BONELAB, the follow-up to its fashionable VR motion sandbox sport BONEWORKS. The sport is about to launch on Quest 2 and PC VR this yr.

It’s been almost two and a half years since veteran VR developer Stress Degree Zero launched Boneworks, a VR motion sandbox sport that felt like a religious relative to the Half-Life and Portal video games. Although Boneworks by no means made it to Quest, its successor—introduced right now as Bonelab—will launch on Quest 2 and PC VR.

Stress Degree Zero revealed Bonelab right now on the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase, the place it confirmed off the primary gameplay footage for the brand new title.

The Bonelab announcement trailer above reveals us the sport may be very a lot a direct continuation of the primary, that includes related gameplay parts, enemies, and environments. It’s additionally teased that the unique sport’s ‘Enviornment’ and ‘Trials’ modes will return.

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Bonelab is claimed to be “constructed on its predecessor, pairing a model new story with two years of innovation and interplay engine progress,” in accordance with the developer.

The ‘interplay engine’ talked about there may be the underlying physics system that was on the coronary heart of the unique Boneworks. With almost all the pieces within the sport being bodily interactive, the system may actually really feel magical at occasions… however may simply as simply fall sufferer to physics jankiness, as we wrote about in our evaluation of the sport.

With ‘two years of innovation’ since then, hopefully Bonelab will ship a extra constantly satisfying expertise with much less of the jank. Right here’s a clip displaying some satisfying physics destruction from the brand new system:

Developer Stress Degree Zero additionally introduced that Bonelab will assist mods, which it says will help you “improve your expertise with new maps, new weapons, and new avatars.” Mods have been one thing that felt sorely lacking within the authentic Boneworks so we’re glad to listen to they’ll be included, although it isn’t clear whether or not mods shall be extra restricted on Quest 2 in comparison with the PC VR model of the sport.

And yet another factor we’re trying ahead to from Bonelab is the sport’s soundtrack (contemplating how nice the unique was). The developer confirmed to Highway to VR that composer Michael Wyckoff is returning to attain a model new soundtrack for Bonelab (the primary style of which is heard within the sport’s announcement trailer above).

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The discharge date for Bonelab set for 2022 on Quest 2 and PC VR, however a selected launch date has not be revealed.

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