Eleven Table Tennis teased the newest version of Meta’s avatars coming in an update ‘very’ soon by showcasing them in an experimental doubles game.
The tweet, embedded below, shows an informal doubles game played in a free hit mode of ElevenVR. The game doesn’t track score with more than two players and the developers behind ElevenVR told us that getting the software to manage score and which team is serving “won’t be coming any time soon.” Still, the game does support more than two people joining a room and then anyone can spawn a ball or hit it back, but that support remains “slightly buggy” at present with issues potentially including some players not able to see or hear others. Nonetheless, the video showcases how life-like doubles table tennis can look in VR when played with four full-upper-body avatars.
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— Eleven Table Tennis (@ElevenVR) January 12, 2022
Eleven’s next update is set to include the new avatars and the addition should set the stage for bigger changes to come down the line. We know that a new menu and user interface redesign is in the works as well, which looks to provide a much slicker solution for players with easier navigation, but the developers tell us there is still some work to do before that gets tested with Eleven’s players. Alongside a brand new aesthetic, the new avatar system features full upper torso support with moving and connected arms. The original Oculus avatars only displayed a floating face with disconnected hands/paddles, so this should be a big upgrade for immersion.
Eleven has been one of our favorite VR games for a while now. Not only is it a fantastic version of table tennis made for VR, it’s also even better when you’re playing without wires on Quest headsets — so much so that it’s placed at #10 on our top 25 Quest games.
Eleven was even so popular during the earlier days of the pandemic that the servers crashed under the load — you can read the full story here. We don’t have any specific release windows yet, but keep an eye out for further details on Eleven’s Avatar 2.0 update soon.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported the next features coming to ElevenVR. There’s no timeline for scored doubles support in the game and Eleven’s next major update will focus on the new Meta avatars. Other features, like the new menu system, are coming further down the line. The article is now correct and we apologize for the error.