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Pixel Ripped 1995’s ‘Ultimate Challenge’ Update Adds New Features and Secrets

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Retro sequel Pixel Ripped 1995 arrived a few months back and once again showed how the virtual reality (VR) community loves a bit of nostalgia mixed in with modern tech. Today, developer ARVORE has announced a free update called the ‘Ultimate Challenge Update’ adding plenty of new content.

Pixel Ripped 1995

The Ultimate Challenge Update aims to increase the replay factor of Pixel Ripped 1995 with new features, challenges, secrets and rewards. A Hardcore Mode toughens up the enemies to give players a real challenge, whilst a scoring system for each of the six levels means you can try to improve your best score and time on each of them.

As you head back into Pixel Ripped 1995 now keep an eye out for hidden Golden Cartridges which will unlock secret content. On the gameplay side, Dot gains the Ripped Boost ability making her super powerful when she gathers enough pixels. ARVORE notes is a press release that this: “allows hardcore players and speed-runners to devise new strategies for clearing each level.” To that end, cut-scenes can now be skipped plus there’s a built-in gameplay timer to improve speed-running/time-trials.

Other additions include eight new armour designs to unlock for Dot, Pixel Doors which offer alternative routes, an interactive comic book with an original Pixel Ripped story and a new after-credits scene.

Pixel Ripped 1995

Pixel Ripped 1995 is a tribute to the gamers themselves, ones who grew up protecting fascinating digital worlds, who became friends with the most charming low-resolution characters and who poured their hearts and souls into beating the hardest of challenges,” said Bárbara Framil, Narrative Designer, ARVORE in a statement.

VRFocus was impressed with the PC edition of Pixel Ripped 1995 in its review: “ARVORE has certainly learnt from Pixel Ripped 1989both in terms of scope and gameplay, Pixel Ripped 1995 is a premium retro experience from start to finish.”

The Ultimate Challenge Update for Pixel Ripped 1995 goes live today for Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift and Steam VR headsets. It will be coming to PlayStation VR but a date has yet to be officially given. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Pixel Ripped 1995, reporting back with the latest updates.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/07/pixel-ripped-1995s-ultimate-challenge-update-adds-new-features-and-secrets/

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VR Animation Baba Yaga Exclusive to Oculus Quest in 2021

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Baobab Studios, the team behind titles including Asteroids!Invasion! and  Crow: The Legend announced its fairytale animation Baba Yaga earlier this year, initially with a multiplatform release slated for 2020. With the launch of a debut teaser trailer, Baba Yaga has now been confirmed for next year on Oculus Quest.

Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga is a contemporary portrayal of the Eastern European legend, offering up a mixture of 2D pop-up animation, as well as hand-drawn and stop-motion styles for a visually unique short.

Viewers become the main character in this reimagined tale, who alongside their sister, decide to venture into the enchanted rainforest to help save their mother who becomes deathly ill. However, the forest is the domain of Baba Yaga, a witch who is sometimes a force for evil, sometimes a force for good, using her powers to halt the villager’s encroachment into her domain.

Offering up interactive elements, Baba Yaga allows you to make decisions in this short film which explores themes including empowerment and environmentalism.

Baba Yaga Madga Daisy Ridley

It’s also got a star-studded cast with Oscar winner Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic) starring as Baba Yaga, Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Ophelia) as Magda, Oscar and three-time Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, Respect) as the enchanted forest, and three-time Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Glenn Close (The Wife, Albert Nobbs) as the mother. Whilst Baobab Studios co-founder Eric Darnell (MadagascarAntz) writes and directs.

Baba Yaga is part of the Raindance Immersive 2020 festival which began this week and runs until 15th November 2020. The title will now be available exclusively on Oculus Quest early 2021. For further updates on Baobab Studios’ projects keep reading VRFocus.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/10/vr-animation-baba-yaga-exclusive-to-oculus-quest-in-2021/

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The VR Game Launch Roundup: Time to Grapple With Zombies & Interior Design

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What a month its has been! Lots of exciting virtual reality (VR) content has launched as well as hardware surpassing expectations. So it’s time to look ahead and into the month of November. There’s a big title arriving at the end but there are still some worthwhile videogames to feast your eyes on in the next week.

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Skydance Interactive

One of the biggest videogames to arrive this year, Skydance Interactive’s The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners needs little introduction. Already available digitally on PC VR, PlayStation VR and even Oculus Quest, for those PlayStation owners who love a physical copy to collect, this survival experience will soon be able to grace their shelves.

  • Supported platforms: PlayStation VR (Physical Edition)
  • Launch date: 3rd November

Stride – Joy Way

This parkour inspired VR experience only arrived as a Steam Early Access title in September and now its ready for the big time. Hitting Oculus Store today, it’ll leave Steam EA next week adding two new modes for a total or three, Endless, Arena and Time Run. Get ready for a physical experience.

Grapple Tournament VR

Grapple Tournament – Tomorrow Games

For those who love multiplayer shooters with a unique hook, Grapple Tournament might just be what you’re looking for, hitting Steam Early Access next week. Use a grappling hook to fully utilise each level and gain advantages over opponents to win.

vTime XR – vTime

It’s time to get social on Oculus Quest with vTime XR. The app has been available for various headsets over the years and now makes its way to the standalone headset. Meet and chat with friends across platforms, share 360 photos and more.

House Flipper VR

House Flipper VR – Frozen District

After arriving for Oculus Quest in August, House Flipper VR is now ready for its PC VR launch on Steam. Take rundown houses and spruce them up to make a profit. Unleash that inner interior designer by putting your own creative stamp on these virtual properties.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/10/the-vr-game-launch-roundup-time-to-grapple-with-zombies-interior-design/

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Oculus Quest 2 Sales Surpass Facebook Expectations, Pre-orders 5x More Than Original Quest

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It’s been just over two weeks since Facebook launched the Oculus Quest 2 and by all accounts its been a big success (mostly). The latest confirmation of this comes from CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself, revealing that pre-orders of the new headset had easily outstripped the original Oculus Quest.

Oculus Quest 2

He was speaking to investors during Facebook’s Q3 earnings call, saying: “We launched Quest 2, our most advanced virtual reality headset, right in time for the holidays. It delivers a real sense of presence — like you’re right there with another person or in another place — and we’ve worked to make it accessible to more people. It’s lighter, faster, has a sharper screen, and a new price point of just $300. Pre-orders have outpaced the original Quest pre-orders by more than 5x and have surpassed our expectations.”

As usual, there’s been no mention of units sold but Zuckerberg did go onto discuss the team’s plans for the future: “The big milestone that I’m focused on here is we want to get to 10 million active units,” adding: “the ecosystem will really be able to be self-sustaining…it will really economically make sense for independent developers to prioritize the Oculus platform above alternative gaming platforms.”

While there has been plenty of online discussion about Facebook’s latest VR policies such as account integration, the feedback from reviewer’s including VRFocus has been generally very positive, finding that the new design exceeds expectations thanks to a better display and lighter construction.

Oculus Quest 2

When it comes to developers many have released updates to pre-existing titles, utilising the extra horsepower to make their videogames look even better. They’ve also been vocal about the uptick in sales. Fast Travel Games for example tweeted that unit sales for Apex Construct and The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets: “were up 800% vs. the day before.”

Those ‘active units’ Zuckerberg mentions will mostly fall upon Oculus Quest 2 as Facebook has previously announced that Oculus Quest, Oculus Go and Oculus Rift S are or will be discontinued.

As Facebook continues its VR and AR expansion plans, VRFocus will keep you updated.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/10/oculus-quest-2-sales-surpass-facebook-expectations-pre-orders-5x-more-than-original-quest/

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