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VR Developer Brett Jackson Needs Your Help Finishing His New Game ‘Voxel Vibe’

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Help create original characters for an upcoming VR game, no experience required.

Voxel Vibe is an upcoming interactive VR puzzle game in which players are immersed in a hypnotic voxel world similar to a 3D music visualizer. Your objective is to help the Voxel’s recover their stolen vibe by teaching them some sweet new dance moves.

Normally, these brightly lit digital cubes are full of life and exuberance. Lately, however, something has been draining them of their rhythm and vibe. It’s gotten so bad, in fact, that these digital creatures have actually begun to darken and are no longer responding the beat of the music.

In order to restore the vibe and bring these tiny part ahnimals back to life, players will engage in a series of heart pumping, cardio boosting activities.

The game is currently being developed for the Oculus Quest and PC VR by Brett Jackson and his company JumbliVR, though according to the developer, he and his team could use a little assistance. Through Jackson’s Voxel Vibe Creator platform, players can help create additional Voxel character using the same tools employed by the team during development.

Jackson talked with VRScout about this approach saying, “Once I had the ability to animate thousands of blocks I realised how cool it would be if they could morph into characters that had some personality,” Jackson continues, “There’s scope to have loads of varied characters in the game, but that would take a lot of time and I felt there would be people out there that could do a better job than me, so I invested many weeks creating Voxel Vibe Creator. This tool allows you to model characters out of 729 blocks and animate them.”

The Voxel Vibe Creator tool offers multiple features to create your character. Voxels have the ability to light up and come to life as they pulsate in size, rotate, and jump around to the music. Each color reacts differently depending on the frequency of the music. Using the tools provided, contributors can animate original Voxel characters and then share their work with other creators as well as the team. After designing a character, head to video mode to see how your Voxel looks in-game

Once you’re happy with your Voxel Vibe hero, you can then submit your entry to Jackson. The person with the best entry will have their character immortalized in the game forever. The winner will also receive a free copy of the upcoming Voxel Vibe game as well an official mention in the end credits.

To install the Voxel Vibe Creator tool, you’ll need to sideload the platform onto your Oculus Quest headset. From there, just click on the “install APK file from folder” option and then look for the tool in Unknown Sources on your Quest. If you run into issues, you can email Jackson at brett@headstartdesign.co.uk.

If the initiative draws enough interest, Jackson has numerous ideas on how how to expand the platform so that creators can design more complex VR animations and overlay them onto their own videos.

For now, the team will continue to monitor player interest as more creators get their hands on the tool. That being said, handing over a small portion of creative control to the players is sure to drive additional interest towards this already unique music-based experience.

“I’m sure people will have fun using the tool and I’m hoping that they will share their ideas with each other and contribute some of their work to my game. I’d love to build a community that can input ideas and characters into the Voxel Vibe game and join me on the journey as I progress. I know the final game will be much better if I can get more people involved,” said Jackson. 

Download the Voxel Vibe Creator tool to start building your own Voxel Vibe character now. Who knows! Maybe you’ll see your name credited as a game developer!

No word yet on an official release date.

Image Credit: JumbliVR

Source: https://vrscout.com/news/vr-developer-needs-help-voxol-vibe/

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Competition: Win Either Angry Birds VR or Acron: Attack of the Squirrels! for Oculus Quest

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It’s coming up to the season of giving and what better way to start the celebrations early than with a competition where you can win some videogames. Today’s giveaway is a double bill, with Resolution Games’ Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs and Acron: Attack of the Squirrels! up for grabs.

Angry Birds VR

Rovio’s iconic Angry Birds franchise came to VR in 2019 with a selection of core levels which have been expanded upon over time. One of the major updates to the bird flinging experience was the addition of a level builder late last year, followed by online sharing to massively enhance the gameplay possibilities.

Acron: Attack of the Squirrels! on the other hand, is a purely multiplayer experience. One person is in VR controlling a tree trying to protect its golden acorns from a bunch of thieving squirrels. All the squirrels are controlled by players on mobile devices – via a free app – who are able to select characters with particular traits such as burrowing short distances underground. All making for a fast and entertaining party game.

Most recently, Resolution Games released a Halloween update for both titles, adding new levels as well as spooky themes to get into the spirit of the season as a lot of developers like to do.

Acron: Attack of the Squirrels

So onto the competition. VRFocus has got six codes to give away, three for Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs and three for Acron: Attack of the Squirrels, both for the Oculus Quest platform. There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway with the standard prize draw entry rules applying: Follow us (or already be following us) on Twitter or alternatively, visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel to get an entry for each. Winners will receive a single randomly drawn code. The competition will be open until 11.59 pm GMT on Monday 26th October 2020. The draw will be made shortly thereafter.

Win Angry Birds VR or Acron: Attack of the Squirrels!

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/10/competition-win-either-angry-birds-vr-or-acron-attack-of-the-squirrels-for-oculus-quest/

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Beat Saber Multiplayer for PlayStation VR Arrives Early 2021

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Last week to coincide with the launch of Oculus Quest 2, Beat Games launched the long-awaited multiplayer mode for Beat Saber across PC VR and the Quest platform. There was one notable absence, PlayStation VR support. Today, the studio has confirmed a delay until next year.

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Taking to Twitter the team said: “Dear PS VR players, we’re so sorry that multiplayer is still not available for PS4. Bringing MP to PS4 is a priority for us, but development is taking much longer than we’d expected. We’re trying to deliver multiplayer in January if everything goes to plan.”

Even with Beat Games’ acquisition by Facebook towards the end of 2019 the studio has continued to support all the platforms Beat Saber is available on. As can be quite often the case, porting content to PlayStation VR isn’t a simple or quick process hence why it launched so many months after the PC version.

The studio went onto say in subsequent tweets: “We will keep working on multiplayer for PS4 as fast as possible, along with exciting new music content on the way!,” responding to one disgruntled player: “We’re really sorry and totally understand your feelings, we want to release multiplayer asap, but the development is taking us longer than we expected. Please bear with us, we are doing our best.”

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Beat Saber has garnered a legion of fans thanks to its easily picked up gameplay and continually updated selection of tracks; the latest coming from rock band Linkin Park a couple of months back with a BTS music pack arriving in November.

The multiplayer mode allows up to five people to compete against one another, either in a private party with friends or taking part in a random match. The feature doesn’t support cross-platform gameplay – although the studio is looking into it – and there isn’t any built-in voice chat but the mode does support all the official base songs as well as those in DLC.

For further updates to Beat Saber including that PlayStation VR multiplayer date, keep reading VRFocus.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/10/beat-saber-multiplayer-for-playstation-vr-arrives-early-2021/

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The VR Game Launch Roundup: A Horrifyingly Tasty Selection

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October hasn’t disappointed when it comes to virtual reality (VR) titles for most of the major headsets and with one week left to go there are more to look forward to. Naturally, with Halloween coming up, there are a couple of spooky titles as well as non-seasonal entries.

Flavortown

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The first of a six-episode series arrives next week in the form of comedic title Flavortown, where you become a meatball cop in a world entirely populated by living food. Your job is to infiltrate Flavortown’s underworld and clean up the streets, as well as enjoying all the other tasty treats the town has to offer.

AGOS: A Game of Space – Ubisoft

Ubisoft has made a few VR titles and continues to support the technology with interstellar simulator AGOS: A Game of Space. Mankind has abandoned Earth heading out among the stars to find a new home. Split between thousands of ships, you play the AI onboard one, tasked with keeping your cargo safe and well.

AGOS: A Game of Space

Groove Gunner – BitCutter Studios

VR fans love a good rhythm-action videogame and Groove Gunner will be the latest to join this energetic genre. With a demo already available, the gameplay is split between shooting targets as well as blocking incoming projectiles with arm-mounted light shields.

Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition – Bloober Team

Time for the big horror title of the week. Bloober Team is bringing its Blair Witch videogame to VR, with Oculus Quest being the first platform. Redesigned around VR interaction, you have your lovable companion Bullet by your side as you venture into the cheery forest…and, well you know the rest.

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Horror Bar VR – VR Factory

Time for some light-hearted Halloween fun, from the team which brought you Bartender VR Simulator, comes Horror Bar VR. Released as an Early Access title, you’re the bartender in a zombie bar serving all-sorts of ghoulish drinks for the undead patrons, even rustling up the odd snack or two.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/10/the-vr-game-launch-roundup-a-horrifyingly-tasty-selection/

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