Pete Hines, VP of PR and marketing for Bethesda, announced during Bethesda’s E3 2017 conference that the publisher will be bringing Doom to VR.
Check out the full reveal trailer below:
The announcement came in the form of a trailer that showcased a couple of different features from the upcoming game. For example, we saw that movement will be done through teleportation like most VR games. However, this doesn’t mean that the maps will be any less vertical, because it seems that you can still use jump pads to get to different parts of the map in tandem with teleportation. According to Bethesda’s website, you will also have the ability to jet-strafe to give you even more mobility options.
Here’s a quote from Doom game director Marty Stratton on mobility in Doom VFR:
Since the hallmark of any DOOM game is combat, we’ve made it our top priority to ensure moving, shooting and killing demons with overwhelming force in virtual reality is as brutal and rewarding as it is in the DOOM experience that fans have been enjoying for the past year.
It also seems that this VR game will utilize VR specific controllers like the movement controllers for the HTC Vive, rather than a conventional console controller, allowing you to feel like you are actually holding a gun and shooting at daemons.
The Bethesda website also states that the main character is an A.I. humanoid of some kind. They added that because of this, you will be able to transfer your consciousness into other objects to help you solve in-game puzzles. Also, the publisher said in the post that the game will include new areas from the UAC Martian Research Facility.
Bethesda did not announce a release date for Doom VFR, but at the end of the conference, Bethesda said that everything that was seen at the conference will come out this year. Fallout VR is coming out in October, so it’s possible that Doom VFR may come out around that time, too.
Doom VFR is being developed by id Software and is coming to PlayStation VR and Vive platforms. It was not revealed whether it is a stand alone game or an expansion for Doom.
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