If you’ve been missing your Hawken VR fix for the past few years then you might want to take a serious look at Code51: Mecha Arena when it arrives on PSVR next week.
Developers DeerVR Games and Smelly River yesterday announced that the game would be coming to Sony’s headset on 24th April (that’s a week from tomorrow). More information about the game will be released over the coming week but, from what we’ve seen so far, it’s looking like this is definitely one to watch.
For starters, the game is hugely impressive on the visuals front, as you can see in the trailer above. It’s set in a vision of 2040 in which humanity discovers a new energy source to power factions of mechs that battle it out in post-apocalyptic arenas. On the gameplay front, there seems to be a hint of Unreal Tournament to the proceedings, only mixed with the mech-based combat we’ve come to love inside VR. Cockpit-based experiences like this can offer some of the most immersive combat on the platform and usually play great with just a standard controller.
As you’d expect, Code51 has a big focus on multiplayer, with both standard deathmatch and team deathmatch modes. There are at least three maps to play on based on the game’s official website and nine classes of mechs that range in speed, attack type and power.
Overall it looks hugely promising and we’ll be very interested to see if the game can find the audience that Sony’s own RIGS: Mechanized Combat League failed to establish.