It’s a new experience the likes of which can only be made possible through the use of virtual reality.
This week, CCP Games announced Sparc, described as being a “unique virtual sport only possible in virtual reality.”
In short, Sparc allows players to connect online to compete with each other in fast and fun full-body VR gameplay.
Currently in development for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, Sparc will be the first wholly original IP to be shipped by CCP outside of the EVE universe when it releases in 2017, a statement to the press reads.
Sparc’s skill-based, full-body gameplay makes for a fast-paced and fun physical sport. Players use their motion controllers to throw projectiles at their opponents from a distance, and in turn defend themselves by dodging, blocking, or deflecting the incoming attacks. Players can join one-on-one matches with friends online or find opponents via matchmaking.
This announcement, we’re told, is “only the beginning” for Sparc and CCP Games. The company has plans to reveal further information about Sparc’s gameplay and feature-set ahead of release later this year.
“After our early experiments with standing VR gameplay, we were excited by the idea of building an original sport designed for the current generation of VR hardware. We’ve designed Sparc so that players can express and improve their skill through their physical actions.” said Morgan Godat, Executive Producer at CCP Atlanta. “Ultimately, we want players to think of Sparc as a virtual court in their living room where they can meet and compete with other players from around the world.”