South Korea’s SKonec Entertainment Open First Western Location in LA

South Korea has a dedicated virtual reality (VR) community of creators but it’s not often the content makes it out of the country and onto western shores. SKonec Entertainment has featured on VRFocus before thanks to its Mortal Blitz franchise but the company mostly specialises in location-based entertainment (LBE) on its home turf. Recently it made the transition into America, opening VR Square Los Angeles. 

SKonec VR Square LA

SKonec Entertainment teamed up with local bowling alley space Xlanes to make VR Square LA a reality, using over 10,000 sqft to create the arcade. With that much space on offer, VR Square LA features several of SKonec’s LBE titles, ranging from free-roaming experiences to PvP shooters and VR escape rooms. On the free-roaming side, there’s Operation Black Wolf: Battle of the Desert, a modern military-themed multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS) designed for three to six players. Continue reading

Vertigo Games Detail DLC Roadmap for Arizona Sunshine on Oculus Quest

Later today sees Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive launch a dedicated version of Arizona Sunshine for Oculus Quest. The title has been specially rebuilt for the standalone headset whilst retaining the features that have made the videogame so popular. Adding to the launch the developers have revealed the DLC roadmap, offering both free content and paid DLC.

Arizona Sunshine - Quest DLC Roadmap

As you can see in the image above, Vertigo Games plans on releasing five DLC packages over the next few months. The first to arrive by the end of the year is the free Two-Handed Weapons Update, adding an assortment of rifles, assault rifles and sub-machine guns to play with. The next two free updates will be for the multiplayer Horde mode, adding the Old Mine level in January and the Undead Valley level in February. Continue reading

Shadow Legend VR is Coming to PlayStation VR January 2020

Indie virtual reality (VR) developer VitruviusVR has released two titles to date, 2016’s cute role-playing game (RPG) Mervils: A VR Adventure and the far more serious Shadow Legend VR. The latter arrived for PC VR headsets back in March. Today, the studio has announced a PlayStation VR version is in the works.

Shadow Legend

Shadow Legend VR for PlayStation VR is almost complete in fact, with the launch slated for next month. The team has spent the last eights months or so address some of the issues players had with the original version, adding more content to round out the gameplay experience. VitruviusVR states there’s around seven hours of gameplay with trophies (including a Platinum) available to add a replay factor. Continue reading

First Gameplay Footage Released of Arizona Sunshine on Oculus Quest

Oculus Quest has had some big titles arrive over the past few weeks with the likes of Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series, A Fisherman’s Tale and Espire 1: VR Operative. Next up is Arizona Sunshine by Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive which is due to arrive at the end of this week. The pair have now released the first gameplay footage highlighting what the standalone headset is capable of.

Arizona Sunshine - Oculus Quest

Arizona Sunshine for Oculus Quest has been completely rebuilt for the headset, ensuring the same frantic zombie shooting gameplay has been kept. This has meant the graphical fidelity has taken a hit – just like any PC VR title ported to the portable device – but the developers have also managed to ensure that the multiplayer has been retained. Continue reading

Bolverk Games Launch Glyph as Free-to-Play VR Platformer

It’s never easy making money in virtual reality (VR). Pricing a title just right is a tricky business, aim too high and no one will be interested – unless it’s a big IP – while aiming low can then be difficult to recoup that investment. For the most part, VR videogames cost money because nothing in life is free; unless that happens to be Glyph, Bolverk Games’ latest which just so happens to not cost a penny.

Glyph

The studio is best known for its comedic shooter franchise Dick Wilde so Glyph is a somewhat different approach to VR gaming. First teased back in October the premise behind Glyph is to control a ball across a series of open levels, collecting coins and crystals en route – the crystals are required to open a portal and finish the area. Continue reading

The VR Job Hub: XR Games, VividQ, Immersive VR Education & More

Whether you’re an experienced designer, programmer, engineer, or maybe you’ve just been inspired after reading VRFocus’ articles – either way, you have stumbled across the weekly VR Job Hub. The vacancies listed here are usually located worldwide (although not this week), from major companies to humble indie developers – the one thing they all have in common is that they are all looking for new staff.

Location Company Role Link
Leeds, UK XR Games Senior Unity Developer Click Here to Apply
Leeds, UK XR Games Experienced Unity Developer Click Here to Apply
Leeds, UK XR Games Senior Game Designer Click Here to Apply
Leeds, UK XR Games Art Director Click Here to Apply
Leeds, UK XR Games Producer Click Here to Apply
London, UK VividQ Account Management Executive Click Here to Apply
Cambridge, UK VividQ Software Developer C/C++ Click Here to Apply
Waterford, Ireland Immersive VR Education Node.js Developer Click Here to Apply
Waterford, Ireland Immersive VR Education Unity Game Developers Click Here to Apply
Brighton and Hove, UK Make Real Senior Unity Developer Click Here to Apply

Don’t forget, if there wasn’t anything that took your fancy this week there’s always last week’s listings on The VR Job Hub to check as well. Continue reading