CCP Games will release Sparc for PlayStation VR on August 29, 2017. The fast-paced vSport will be available to download from PlayStation Store for $29.99. We had previously reported that CCP’s next VR game – the first not strictly set within the EVE Online universe – would be releasing exclusively to PS VR this fall and now we have a date to go alongside pricing.
At EVE Fanfest earlier this year we got hands-on with the very physical vSport and instantly fell in love. When we played it however, it was with the HTC Vive so don’t be surprised that like CCP’s other VR titles, it could come to other VR platforms in the future.
Through its full-body gameplay and social features, Sparc aims to take a step forward in virtual reality entertainment offerings. Speaking with different dev teams at CCP, the consensus is that a key missing component and what will really define VR in the future is the social aspect. Being able to see another person in the virtual space and observe and react to their subtle physical movements, in additional to voice, is what brings the next level of immersion. Sparc takes that to another level with 1 vs. 1 competitive play.
Sparc is a virtual sport, or “vSport” – a unique full-body experience only possible in virtual reality, where the player’s VR equipment is their sports gear. In Sparc, players connect online to compete in fast-paced and physical one-on-one gameplay. Players use their two PlayStation Move motion controllers to throw projectiles across the court at their opponent, while dodging, blocking or deflecting any incoming shots.
Sparc combines skill-based and instinctual two-player gameplay with slick visuals to provide the PS VR community with a cutting-edge sporting challenge that looks and feels spectacular on PS4 and PS4 Pro.
Sparc includes rookie-level and pro-level difficulty game modes to suit both novice and advanced competitors. In addition, Sparc features “Courtside,” a freeform social area that allows for spectating in VR, where players can meet opponents, watch games in-person and queue up for their next match.
In Sparc’s solo challenges, players can take part in a series of timed events that test throwing and deflection accuracy, helping improve their skills and preparing them for human opponents.
Sparc also offers players a wide range of avatar customization options. Everything from the cut of their compression suit to the headgear they wear, the look of their “Gloves” and the colors of their gear can be personalized to achieve exceptionally eye-catching styles.
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