Nostros, the upcoming on-line RPG with VR help in growth by NetEase Video games, is now has a launch date window of This autumn 2019.
Introduced initially again in August, 2018, Nostos is promised to be a web based open-world RPG, with VR help, that positively reminds us of Sword Artwork On-line because of its anime artwork type.
This week HTC introduced at ChinaJoy 2019 that Nostos will launch in This autumn 2019, and that it’ll be launched on the corporate’s Viveport platform, along with Steam and Oculus. A particular Nostos launch date hasn’t but been confirmed.
A forthcoming Beta of the sport has additionally been confirmed by the sport’s official Twitter account, however it isn’t clear if the This autumn launch is the Nostos Beta, or if the Beta will come earlier than the This autumn launch. We’ve reached out to the studio for clarification.
We went hands-on with an early Nostos construct final yr and discovered extra in regards to the recreation’s premise:
Right here’s the pitch: gamers dwell on the earth of Nostos, a post-apocalyptic, however verdant place suffering from the remnants of long-abandoned cities and artifacts that assist you to survive. Together with deserts, grasslands, and mountains, gamers combat off enemies as a pure timer counts down, an ever-expanding harmful pressure known as ‘Coralsea’. The sport is meant to be a web based multiplayer, however it’s unsure if the ‘M’ for ‘huge’ is relevant at this level.
Sadly it was clear that there was nonetheless a protracted technique to go by way of making the sport really feel VR native and optimizing its efficiency.
At this level, Nostos‘ VR model looks like a shoehorned implementation, and I genuinely hope NetEase appears to be like round at true VR natives akin to Rec Room, Orbus VR, and Echo VR for inspiration shifting ahead. It’s nonetheless early days, and there’s positively some good bones right here that may be grand in VR if correctly fleshed out.
Contemplating the sport may also help non-VR play, it’ll absolutely be tough to design wealthy gameplay that feels really appropriate to each. That was a yr in the past, although, and by now we’re hopeful that NetEase Video games has risen to the duty; VR continues to be awaiting its first nice MMO-style recreation.
With final yr’s preview of Nostos being at Gamescom, we hope to see the newest construct of the sport on the identical convention later this month to carry an replace on its progress.