Orange Bridge Studios launched its spaceship flight battling game End Space on Oculus Quest.
Available now for $15 with cross-buy support for Rift, End Space should satisfy some Oculus Quest buyers who haven’t found many games on Facebook’s standalone VR headset that fulfill the dream of flying — or battling — in a versatile spaceship. I tried out the game and captured the first 15 minutes of gameplay. It took me a few minutes to get used to default controls which lock ship movement to head movement and gun targeting to the direction Oculus Touch controllers are pointed.
A version of the ambitious space battling project shipped previously on practically every VR platform, including Google Cardboard versions for both iOS and Android. Back in 2016 David Jagneaux wrote a deep dive with the sibling creators and their inspirations from the 1990’s game Star Wars: TIE Fighter. From that article:
“The game is heavily influenced by Star Wars: TIE Fighter, a 1990’s Star Wars space shooter from Lucasarts,” said Lee Wasilenko. “When we got involved in VR that was the game we desperately wanted to play more than any other. As a result, Justin decided to start working on a VR space sim and End Space is the result. In addition, in 2014 most of the VR games out there were little more than tech demos (since it was only devs with the hardware and everyone was just sharing what they had starting throwing together) and we desperately wanted to see a full fledged VR space sim.”
So many years after they started, End Space remains a remarkable technical achievement on Oculus Quest bringing its highly maneuverable cockpit to the standalone VR system.