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Apple is giving a laser company that builds some of its AR tech $410 million

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Apple has announced that it’s awarding Pennsylvania-based optical technology company II-IV with $410 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund. Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted that the company’s tech helps power Apple’s FaceID, Memoji, and Portrait Mode. The company also manufactures lasers that are used in the LIDAR scanner found in the iPhone 12 Pro and iPad Pro, technology that Apple touts as being key to augmented reality experiences.

Finisar, which was later acquired by II-VI (pronounced “two-six”) received $390 million from Apple’s fund back in 2017. While this latest investment likely shows that Apple intends to keep FaceID (which is powered by II-IV’s vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers) around for a while, it could also be…

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‘Larcenauts’ Is The VR Hero Shooter We Need Right Now

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Impulse Gear’s class-based team shooter is now available on Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift. Coming soon to SteamVR.

If there’s one genre of VR that players never tire of, it’s first-person shooters. Just take a look at the excess amount of mil-sim VR shooters currently flooding the market. Onward, Pavlov VR, Zero Caliber—the list goes on. With so many options available to players at the moment, it can be tough for a developer to set their title apart from established competitors.

This is where Larcenauts comes in.

Brought to us by developer Impulse Gear, Larcenauts is an expertly crafted VR hero shooter oozing with personality. Think of it like Overwatch meets Valorant, only instead of controlling the action from behind a screen, you’re right there in the world alongside these outrageous characters.

Available now on Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift headsets, this unique class-based multiplayer shooter has you taking on the role of one of eight different Specialists as you partake in a daring heist lead by Captain Eleanor Kas (voiced by the incomparable Jane Lynch). This includes a giant sentient mushroom with a pair of incredibly destructive fists, a deadly accurate sniper capable of hiding in plain sight, and a strange alien medic equipped with powerful healing abilities just to name a few. The goal, according to Impulse Gear, was to develop a game that stands out from the surplus of realistic shooters on Oculus and SteamVR headsets, resulting in one of the first true hero shooters developed from the ground up for VR headsets.

Image Credit: Impulse Gear

As you explore a dangerous sector of the Ludus galaxy, you’ll engage in 6v6 multiplayer shootouts across four unique environments, each with its own unique layout to explore and tactics to master. Each of these battlefields feels unique in its own right, thanks in large part to some clever map design. One thing you will find across most maps is a grappling system that allows you to quickly scale hard-to-reach areas. When used correctly, this tool can have you running circles around your opponents. Like any good hero shooter, the game features numerous game modes to compete in. This includes Refuel (claim key territories across the map), Uplink (a futuristic take on capture-the-flag), and—of course—classic Team Deathmatch.

As previously mentioned, each of the aforementioned characters features its own unique abilities to master. Calima, for instance, is an Infiltrator class character capable of deploying a smokescreen and dashing around the map at incredible speeds. VOD, on the other hand, is a Brawler that’s most effective in close-quarters, using its “Grasp” and “Fungal” abilities to close in on enemies and deal massive damage with its powerful fists. Unlike VR mil-sims centered around nameless soldiers, each Specialist in Larcenauts features its own background and perspective. Each character is also fully voiced, which injects an additional layer of personality into the experience. In order to properly utilize each of these Specialists, however, you’ll need to spend a decent amount of time learning their individual capabilities.

Image Credit: Impulse Gear

That’s the beauty of Larcenauts; it’s the type of game that’s easy to pick up, but difficult to master. In addition to unlocking new skins and weapon load-outs, you’ll also have the chance to earn Power Slates which can be used to upgrade a character’s attributes. For example, Calima’s “Dash” ability allows her to make small quantum jumps across the map two times before requiring a cooldown. By adding a Power Slate to this ability, you can bump that up to three dashes per cooldown. Players can equip three Power Slates to any of the eight characters, allowing for plenty of customization.

According to the team, there are no plans for paid microtransactions at this time. All abilities and skins can be unlocked using in-game currency which can be earned by simply playing the game. Daily and weekly missions help keep the experience feeling fresh with new challenges, such as winning a certain amount of games with a specific character or killing a set number of enemies using a particular ability.

Image Credit: Impulse Gear

Honestly, it’s a little overwhelming just how much content the team has packed into this game. And this is only the beginning. Impulse Gear has already provided a roadmap detailing a variety of upcoming features and content, from private lobbies and manual reloading to new maps and Specialists. Personally, I can’t wait to see how Larcenauts continues to develop over the coming months.

Speaking with Impulse Gear, it’s clear the team has much in store for this ambitious VR hero shooter. Apparently, the team will be providing ongoing support for years to come, which means we could be looking at a very different game down the line. While there are no definitive plans set in stone just yet, the developers have expressed interest in the esports sector, which makes perfect sense once you go hands-on with the game. Larcenauts require a heavy amount of communication and coordination between you and your teammates, from planning your loadouts to strategizing your plan of attack based on the Specialists being used, the map being played, and the game mode you’re competing in.

Image Credit: Impulse Gear

All in all, Larcenauts succeeds with flying colors in offering players a well-balanced and incredibly addictive hero shooter in VR. From the unique characters and lore to the well fleshed-out gunplay and map design, Larcenauts is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. One that I highly recommend you check out.

Larcenauts is available now on Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift headsets for $29.99 with support for both cross-play and cross-buy. The game was scheduled to launch simultaneously on SteamVR, but has been delayed due to compatibility issues between the game engine (Unreal Engine 4) and SteamVR.

Feature Image Credit: Impulse Gear

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Blaston Review Bombed After Facebook Ad Announcement

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Dozens of user-generated reviews this week gave 1-star to dueling shooter Blaston to critique Facebook’s upcoming virtual reality advertising test.

The title from Resolution Games is a bit like a cross between Ironlights and Wands with the player restricted to a small platform in which they need to dodge slow-moving projectiles sent by the other player. Later this month it is due for a single-player campaign update. Earlier this week, Blaston was the only specific title mentioned as being part of the upcoming advertising in VR test, though Facebook did say it would also be testing with “a couple other developers.”

The game sells for $9.99 and reviewers are taking to the game’s pages on both the Oculus Store and Steam to protest the planned test of ads in a paid VR gaming product. Overall reviews are still very positive over on Steam and 83% of reviews on Oculus rated the game 5-stars, but most recent reviews on both platforms are negative and mention the ad test. One review, voted by nearly 150 people as being “helpful”, said “Paid titles should not introduce advertising. It is wildly unacceptable to do so months after purchase.”

“We have seen the negative reviews, and while no one likes to see one of their games in this light, these responses are bigger than Blaston and something that the games industry has been seeing for years. At Resolution Games, any integration we do first and foremost takes into account the players and their gameplay experiences. This is all valuable information that will be taken into consideration when the small test begins later this summer,” said Tommy Palm, CEO and co-founder of Resolution Games, in an email.

The developers responded to many reviewers saying this is “temporary test to see how we can develop the game moving forward. Currently this is not planned as a permanent feature, but rather research for future initiatives. We will update both the players and community with more information as we approach the test. We appreciate your feedback, and if you feel strongly about this or would like a refund – you can reach out to Oculus directly about it: https://support.oculus.com/“

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Kojima conspiracies, final E3 thoughts, and more | GamesBeat Decides 201

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E3 is over, and what do we have to show for it? Well, how about a conspiracy about a Hideo Kojima video game? The crew talks about the latest internet theories surrounding developer Blue Box and the horror game Abandoned on this week’s episode of GamesBeat Decides.

Editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb also give their final thoughts about E3, talk about some news, and answer your questions. Listen, won’t you?

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Build Your Own Amazing Arenas With the Racket: Nx Level Editor

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One Hamsa’s Racket: Nx already provided an intense sports workout inside a giant, spherical squash arena, either by yourself or with a mate. Today, Racket: Nx greatly expands its content offering by allowing players to create their own arenas with the new Level Builder.

Racket: Nx Level Editor

The Level Editor is its own separate environment where you can build Racket: Nx’s waves of shot challenges however you wish. The full selection of hexagonal tiles are available, so you can have walls filled with health and points titles for maximum scoring potential or turn up the difficultly by popping in a few skull titles to remove energy and knock players out quickly. Plus there are a few border options to add a little style to the proceedings.

This is really easy to do so. One Hamsa has essentially created a painting tool for the titles, select one and start drawing were you’d like them to go. You can then add in powerups to each wave and just go nuts, add 30 waves if you’re so inclined!

Once you’ve built your level go ahead and publish it for everyone else to try. If the community likes it they can vote, giving levels a chance to feature in future monthly challenges. Likewise, you can use the new content browser section to look for other player build levels, with the ability to search for specific or random creations.

Racket: Nx level editor

The videogame is a futuristic twist on indoor racket games like Squash, putting you inside a giant glass dome with loads of illuminated tiles. Whether you’re playing solo, multiplayer or co-op the goal is to get through each wave as fast as possible, clearing the score tiles with a lively ball you can hit in any direction. Needless to say, you need to clear some room when you play Racket: Nx as it can get competitive real fast.

Racket: Nx is available for Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index and Windows Mixed Reality headsets, with the Level Builder available as a free update. If you’ve not tried the energetic title out there’s a free demo currently available on Steam. For further updates on Racket: Nx, keep reading VRFocus.

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