GDC 2018: HTC Launches Three Ready Player One VR Experiences Today

by Jamie Feltham • March 23rd, 2018

Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited adaptation of Ready Player One finally hits theaters next week, but you can jump into the sci-fi universe today with your HTC Vive.

HTC today announced the launch of three VR apps tying into the movie launching at 9am PT. Each of these will be available on Viveport, the company’s VR software store, though there’s no word on a launch on Steam just yet.

Each of these experiences is accessed by logging into the Oasis beta, a digital hub that shares the same name as the VR metaverse featured in the film. Every game has been developed by a different studio and takes on different mechanics. The first piece, called Battle for the Oasis, has you defeating waves of IOI Sixers on the Planet Doom and is developed by Steel Wool Studios. In Gauntlet, from Directive Games, you’ll navigate a dungeon, trying to survive the hordes of undead that are on the hunt. You can defend yourself with that most trusty of VR weapons, a bow and arrow.

Finally, Drifter Entertainment has developed Rise of the Gunters. It’s another action-focused piece in which you again take the fight to the Sixers.

More releases for the Oasis Beta are expected later down the line, but it looks like there’s plenty to get stuck into for now.

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