Ironlights Offers Unique, Satisfying Multiplayer Melee Combat

Melee fight can typically really feel clunky in VR — the load of your digital weapons doesn’t match the load of your controllers, in-game assaults may not sustain together with your bodily swings and also you don’t get that satisfying haptic clang you’d anticipate when two large hunks of steel conflict collectively.

Ironlights doesn’t precisely clear up these issues, but it surely finds ingenious methods to work round them. The result’s a unique but uniquely satisfying multiplayer melee fight sport in VR, which additionally helps LAN connections. What’s much more astonishing is that the sport is extremely polished given its nonetheless solely in beta.

Ironlights developer E McNeil launched a Kickstarter for sport earlier this 12 months, which reached its funding aim a few month later. Nonetheless, the Kickstarter marketing campaign didn’t current a proof-of-concept — the sport was already fairly far alongside the event chain. The Kickstarter was simply to assist make some additional enhancements to the sport earlier than a Spring launch later this 12 months, which signifies that after the marketing campaign ended final week, backers who pledged $30 or extra acquired entry to a beta model of the sport, absolutely playable already.


A number of UploadVR employees hung out with the sport over the previous couple of days, and regardless of being in beta, the sport feels tremendous satisfying. It does take some getting used to, nonetheless, because the mechanics don’t work fairly the identical as different 1v1 melee fight video games. For one, all of the fight takes place in sluggish movement, requiring you to psychically transfer in sluggish movement as nicely. It’s a wierd sensation that takes some adjustment at first, but it surely signifies that your weapon actions are usually far more per your personal bodily motion.

Every weapon additionally solely lasts one hit — upon affect, it’ll shatter and you want to ‘reload’ the sword or weapon by swinging it behind your again. Very like the sluggish movement mechanic, reloading a sword or a mace takes a little bit of readjusting your instincts at first. Nonetheless, when you get used to it, the explanation why turns into clear. The mechanic results in cleaner, much less hectic fights — you begin to construct a rhythm together with your enemy. When you get the hold of issues, battles begin to really feel like a dance. One-hit-per-swing additionally solves the issue with haptics, or lack thereof. As a result of your weapons shatter, you don’t anticipate that clang and haptic resistance that you’d in any other case crave in a melee sport.


There are 5 lessons to select from, every with completely different weapons and play types. The ability ceiling for every, from the attitude of somebody with just a few hours within the sport, additionally appears fairly excessive. You’ll be capable to work your approach by single participant campaigns for every class and discover mulitplayer matches on-line. You possibly can host your personal lobbies for personal matches, plus should you’re enjoying towards somebody on the identical community, the sport will decide this up and provoke the match by a LAN connection, to eradicate lag and ping. The video embedded above was captured on two separate Oculus Quests, enjoying a personal LAN sport towards one another on the identical community.

There are positively nonetheless some areas for enchancment — specific with number of music, environments and enemy designs — however it’s nonetheless a beta, and these had been some elements that had been listed as potential areas for enchancment within the Kickstarter marketing campaign anyway. All-in-all, for a sport that’s simply come out of Kickstarter and launched straight into beta, Ironlights is a fantastically refreshing and enjoyable melee expertise.

Ironlights is scheduled for a full launch in Spring 2020 on PC VR and Oculus Quest.