Poland-based Monologic Video games may be newcomers to the event scene, however once they revealed their new platformer Ven VR Journey again in February, it actually piqued our curiosity.
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Confirmed for launch on Oculus, Steam VR and PlayStation VR, you’ll be taking part in an intergalactic police officer working along with Ven, a fox-like creature seeking to shield his dwelling planet from Bruce Nelson, a felony that invaded Ven’s planet. House to an vitality supply referred to as Runes, his planet has typically been threatened by invading forces and this time round, we should assist Ven cease them and save his little companions alongside the best way.
Definitely, Ven’s gameplay appears harking back to old-school 3D platformers like Ratchet & Clank, Mario, and Crash Bandicoot. Moderately than controlling a personality personally like these video games nonetheless, Ven VR Journey lets gamers instantly work together with the primary character, reaching into this world with tracked movement controllers. It’s the same strategy to Moss and Astro Bot, two video games that efficiently proved how platformers can work nicely in a VR surroundings.
Since then, we’ve obtained just a few developer updates about Ven and again in June, Monologic handled us to some additional gameplay footage. It gave us a small teaser for what’s to return however information has been quieter these final two months. As such, we reached out for an interview with Monologic’s Group Supervisor, Łukasz Konieczny, who was variety sufficient to reply just a few of our questions.
Ven VR Journey: Upcoming New 3D Platformer Unique To VR
Henry Stockdale, UploadVR: Firstly, thanks for becoming a member of me right here. For these readers unaware of your recreation, may you please introduce yourselves?
Łukasz Konieczny, Monologic Video games Group Supervisor: Good day! Initially, thanks for being fascinated about our recreation. It’s a nice pleasure for us to speak to you about Ven. Our staff was established at first of 2019 in Poland. In the mean time now we have round eight members ensuring that quickly you’ll obtain a enjoyable to play VR platformer.
UploadVR: Ven VR Journey is Monologic Video games’ debut title. As a brand new studio, have there been any sudden challenges throughout improvement?
Konieczny: In fact, recreation improvement could be very difficult typically, particularly for brand spanking new groups. With regards to Ven, we’re very completely satisfied as a result of our plan works fairly nicely so we will attain milestones with none severe issues. Nonetheless, whereas making VR platformer it is advisable assume actually about all the pieces as a result of in opposite to 2D model the participant can look in any course.
UploadVR: Since making the reveal announcement, Ven’s been in comparison with Crash Bandicoot. Was this a giant affect on gameplay or did you’re taking inspiration from elsewhere?
Konieczny: It’s an honor to be in comparison with such legend as Crash. This sequence provides you an image of what well-crafted platformer is. It is usually a favourite recreation from childhood for Damian, the founder and head of our staff. The most important inspiration from Crash when speaking about Ven’s gameplay is that we wish it to be difficult, dynamic and satisfying. On high of that’s VR know-how which is an incredible addition to platformer recreation.
UploadVR: Platformers are sometimes identified for his or her vibrant solid of characters; can we count on to see something like that right here?
Konieczny: One of the necessary characters is Bruce Nelson, our fundamental villain who invaded Ven’s planet. Throughout your journey, additionally, you will meet Teremy, a robotic companion who will help you in numerous methods. There are additionally many distinctive creatures inhabiting the planet, extra robots (this time the baddies from Nelson’s military) and managers.
UploadVR: How does digital actuality issue into gameplay, is it principally that direct interplay with Ven or did different components draw you to VR specifically?
Konieczny: As a participant, you will be bodily on this world, subsequent to Ven’s character. What we attempt to emphasize at any time when it’s doable is that Ven notices you – he can have a look at you, blink to you and extra. These are very delicate interactions that construct your bond with Ven. There are additionally numerous interactions that affect gameplay – you should utilize them to assist Ven in fight or throughout traversal within the degree.
UploadVR: Did you ever contemplate releasing Ven on conventional platforms?
Konieczny: For now, we’re strongly centered on releasing the sport on a number of VR platforms. Actually, we didn’t make any plans or choices about that however who is aware of what the longer term will convey 😉
UploadVR: Exterior of the marketing campaign and time trials, I can see different gameplay modes have additionally been promised. Are you able to inform us anymore about these?
Konieczny: What we will say right now is that there shall be a particular recreation mode that may function the reward after finishing the primary marketing campaign. It’s a shock so it is advisable wait until the launch of the sport 😉
UploadVR: At this level, Ven has been confirmed for Oculus, Steam VR and PlayStation VR. Are there plans to help different main PC headsets or the Oculus Quest?
Konieczny: As to the Oculus Quest, it’s the way forward for VR however we need to wait a little bit bit extra earlier than offering some official info.
UploadVR: Will there be a simultaneous launch between these platforms?
Konieczny: It will be good to have it that approach haha – can not provide the closing affirmation however we want to do it.
UploadVR: Is there a launch date in thoughts?
Konieczny: We plan to launch Ven by the top of the yr and we’re working onerous to make it occur.
UploadVR: Lastly, is there something you’d wish to share with the followers specifically?
Konieczny: We want to say “THANK YOU!” for all the variety feedback and help that we will see in social media. We’re making Ven VR Journey to present you tons of enjoyable and a superb time. We do hope you’ll find it irresistible as soon as the sport is completed!
Ven VR Journey is slated for launch earlier than the top of the yr on PSVR and PC VR headsets such because the Rift, Vive, and Index on each the Oculus Rift retailer and SteamVR. An Oculus Quest model just isn’t confirmed, but it surely sounds prefer it might be doable finally.
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