Many fictional sports have made their way into the VR ecosystem, some taken inspiration from Tron or other futuristic works of sci-fi and others entirely original. With the more engaged input that VR provides, devs will continue to do so and hope that their creation becomes the definitive VR sport that spreads like wildfire across the industry. Game developer REDspace is bringing their new creation to HTC Vive this Spring and Gunball is combining the ideas from a few different sports.
If it’s not obvious yet, in Gunball you have a gun and a ball that you’ll use to score points. Players are dropped into an arena with floating nets varying in heights and distances and with different scores on them, surrounding you in every direction. Your goal is to hit those nets as quickly as you can, but this is where it gets really interesting: To score, you must toss a ball into the air with one hand and then use the other to shoot and propel the ball through a goal. The mechanics sounds absurd, and you’re likely to look absurd while playing it, but it does sound like it will keep you engaged and test your hand/eye coordination big time.
The premise of the game is that you’re trying out for the official Gunball League and you’ll be tested with different time-based challenges. There will be a Steam leaderboard for you to track your scores against other players as well. The game’s trailer shows that the game is embracing its absurdity with a humorous mascot that’s sure to catch on if this game grows in popularity and it’ll be interesting to see if the development team adds any new game play modes or a multiplayer mode before or after launch. Keep an eye out for more updates and a set release date in the coming months.