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VR Hero Shooter ‘Larcenauts’ Gameplay Reveal Shows Off Characters & Clean Art Direction

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Larcenauts, the upcoming VR hero shooter from developer Impulse Gear, was revealed just last week, and today we’re getting our first look at the title’s gameplay.

Impulse Gear is the studio behind the much lauded single-player VR shooter (with a multiplayer component) Farpoint (2017), and now the studio is moving into the pure multiplayer realm with VR hero shooter Larcenauts. Impulse Gear’s experience working in VR shines through clearly in the first gameplay revealed today by our friends over at UploadVR.

The game’s art and character direction definitely borrows heavily from Overwatch (perhaps with a pinch of Valorant), and reads very cleanly throughout the gameplay footage. Unlike Overwatch, however, it appears that characters will be able to select from various weapons and modifiers for their abilities, as we can see part way through the footage.

Image courtesy Impulse Gear

The game’s reveal trailer from last week gives an overview of the many characters and abilities:

From the gameplay footage we can see that player movement is reasonably paced for VR, with most characters being able to sprint if needed. Characters with movement abilities appear to be based around dashing, which seems like a good way to enhance mobility without the comfort issues that could come from traditional jumping or gadgets like jetpacks.

On the other hand, it appears that weapon reloading is done with canned animations. While this could make sense for the pace of the game, it can feel disjointed compared to a more interactive approach to reloading which is commonly seen in VR. Similarly, while some gadgets (like grenades and smoke bombs) appear to be physically thrown by the player, others (like traps) look to be placed with a sort of laser pointer cursor. We’ll be curious to see how well these choices fit into the overall gameplay.

We shouldn’t have to wait too long to find out; Larcenauts is due to launch this Summer on Oculus PC, Quest, and SteamVR.

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Larcenauts: A VR Hero Shooter That Could Become The Overwatch of VR

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Today I am playing Larcenauts on the Oculus Quest 2, a VR Hero Shooter inspired by Overwatch and Valorant. In this review video I tell you everything you need to know about this new multiplayer game from Impulse Gear who we know best from Far Point on the Playstation VR. Check out Larcenauts on: Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/421190/Larcenauts/ Oculus: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/3126295830741280/ Timestamps; 00:00 – Intro 00:43 – What is Larcenauts? 01:37 – Heroes and Abilities 05:50 – Game Modes 06:57 – Movement and Gameplay 08:19 – Loot Boxes 08:35 – Notoriety System 08:58 – Lobby 09:03 – Store 09:23 – Weekly Challenges 09:30 – Party System 09:33 – Playlist 09:37 – Loadout 09:46 – Power Slates 09:58 – Settings 10:16 – Positives 11:07 – Negatives 14:51 – Matchmaking Balance 16:56 – Missing Social Features 17:28 – Final Verdict Get a Oculus Quest! (affiliate link); Store: https://bit.ly/32yZ9xS Upgrade your VR experience with Proximat Direct – https://ProxiMat.net Amazon – https://amazon.com/s?k=Proximat Ebay – https://ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=proximat+vr Follow me in these places for updates on everything VR Twitter – https://twitter.com/nathievr/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/nathievr/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/nathievr/ #OculusQuest2 #VR #Gaming

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NEW Oculus Quest 2 UPDATE is HERE!! v30 – The Elephant in The Room.

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Today Oculus Announced another Update for The Oculus Quest 2 and 1. With features that will begin rolling out soon in the v30 software update. Mic Swapping, AirLink Update, New Accessibility Options, Multitasking and yes… Ads… …. Well, let’s discover it together in this video! ► LINKS Update: https://www.oculus.com/blog/multitasking-accessibility-improvements-and-air-link-for-quest-1-in-the-latest-oculus-software-update/?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=1-aw-v30-20210617&utm_term=3 Ads: https://www.oculus.com/blog/testing-in-headset-vr-ads/ How To Update Manually: https://youtu.be/LTcM0LVGo7M Win an Oculus Quest 2 each Month HERE 🙂 https://gleam.io/WYPfH/tyriel-wood-100k-oculus-quest-2-giveaway —————————— SUPPORT THE CHANNEL 🙂 ► Become a VR Techy Patreon → https://www.patreon.com/TyrielWood ► Become a Sponsor on YouTube → https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5rMneyhrBKrNuzJQkRy0uw/join ► Get some VR Tech Merch → https://tyriel-wood.creator-spring.com/ ► VRCovers HERE: https://vrcover.com/?itm=274 —————————— FOLLOW ME ON: ►Twitter → https://twitter.com/Tyrielwood ►Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/TyrielWoodVR ► Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/tyrielwoodvr ►Join our Discord → https://discord.gg/nsSjXx4kfj —————————— A BIG THANKS to my VR Techy Patreons for their support: Trond Hjerde, Dinesh Punni, Randy Leestma, yu gao, Daniel Nehring II, Alexandre Soares da Silva, Kiyoshi Akita, Tolino Marco, Infligo ——————————- MUSIC ► My Music from Epidemic Sounds → https://www.epidemicsound.com/referral/kf0ycv/ ——————————– #OculusQuest2 #TyrielWood #v30 00:00 : INTRO 00:49 : MIC SWAPPING 01:38 : FLEX SPACE 02:59 : ACCESSABILITY 03:48 : AIRLINK OCULUS QUEST 1 05:00 : ADS… Let’s talk about it 08:40 : Win Quest 2 09:20 : OUTRO

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Report: Sony Targeting Holiday 2022 Launch for Next-gen PSVR with OLED Display

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A report from Bloomberg citing unnamed sources points to a Holiday 2022 launch of Sony’s next-gen PSVR headset. The report says that PSVR 2 may be the only next-gen VR headset to use OLED displays rather than LCD.

Following reports of leaked PSVR 2 specs last month—which claim a 4.1MP (2,000 × 2,040) per-eye resolution, eye-tracking, head-mounted haptics, and more—this week a new report from Bloomberg, citing unnamed “people with knowledge of the matter,” says that the headset is aiming to launch in the Holiday 2022 window, and use new OLED displays from Samsung.

Bloomberg has a decent track record regarding the accuracy of its VR sources. Last year the company correctly reported that Oculus would release a successor to the Quest with a faster refresh rate, new controllers, and a smaller redesign that would remove the headset’s fabric accents. Four months later, Quest 2 was announced.

As the Bloomberg report notes, the majority of modern VR headsets have moved to LCD displays, but the next-gen PSVR may use a Samsung-made OLED display, just like the first-gen PSVR.

The first generation of consumer VR headsets—HTC Vive, Oculus Rift CV1, and PSVR—all employed OLED displays which were favored thanks to their excellent contrast, rich colors, and extremely fast response time which allowed these headsets to implement a display technique called low-persistence which sharpens the image during head movement and reduces perceived latency.

Second-gen VR headsets largely switched from OLED to LCD thanks to the availability of so-called ‘fast-switch’ LCDs which are capable of low-persistence and bring other benefits like higher resolution, lower price, and less smearing & mura.

PSVR’s OLED display | Photo courtesy iFixit (BY-NC-SA)

Sony’s PSVR was the only first-gen VR headset to use an OLED display with an RGB sub-pixel arrangement, where all others used a PenTile arrangement which caused more screen door effect and slightly less effective resolution. It also offered a refresh rate of 120Hz which was ahead of its time compared to 90Hz on other headsets.

It’s unclear if an OLED-equipped PSVR 2 would manage to retain the RGB sub-pixel arrangement or exceed 120Hz for the company’s next headset. As Samsung is the rumored display provider for PSVR 2 (and the display provider of the original PSVR), that will likely come down to what the display maker has to offer.

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‘Jupiter Invincible’ Is An AR Comic Book With A Powerful Story

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After a freak lightning storm, Jupiter wakes up with superpowers he uses to help rectify racial injustice and inequality.

Jupiter Invincible is a comic book that tells the story of an enslaved African-American teenager who possesses the power of immortality which he uses to assist Harriet Tubman in the smuggling of runaway slaves through the underground railroad. As if that weren’t interesting enough, the project uses AR technology to bring its pages to life with animation, real-life stories, and other interactive elements that pop right out of the pages. 

The comic book, which made its debut during the Tribeca Film Festival & Schomburg in NYC, was penned by Pulitzer Prize Winner Yusef Komunyakaa with artwork by Ashley A. Wood. The AR content was created by Ram Devineni from Rattapallax. The story is set in Maryland right before the US Civil War and digs deep into the lives of enslaved African-Americans. 

Jupiter, who was born into slavery, is a horse-breaker and coach driver at the plantation he lives on. One night during a freak electrical storm that seemed to come out of nowhere, Jupiter is struck by lightning and dies. It’s during this moment that Jupiter sees the faces of slaves before him and discovers his real purpose. When he awakes, he discovers that he now has the power of immortality and the scars on his body have become translucent. Knowing that he can’t be killed, Jupiter decides to use his powers to help others.

Can Jupiter’s new powers and wisdom be used to change the course of history to rectify racial injustice and inequality?

For Komunyakaa, the story and the character started with research at Hampton Plantation in Maryland and at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. Even though it’s a comic book, the story behind the character needed to be genuine and based on real events. Komunyakaa explored images of the South and its culture of Black resilience, as well as musical forms such as blues and jazz. 

“I grew up in Bogalusa, Louisiana reading Dick Tracy, intrigued by his futuristic thingamajigs, and also Flash Gordon in his cool getup, but this is the first comic book I have written,” said Komunyakaa in an official press release. “I hope Jupiter Invincible renders a slanted gaze into that brutal institution where rather obscene wealth and privilege rose out of, and has been passed down generations.”

To bring Komunyakaa’s words to life, every page and panel of Jupiter Invincible is beautifully illustrated by Chicago-native Ashley A. Woods. For her, this is much more than a comic book. “As a Black woman working in the comic book industry, I never thought that my work would be tied to a series as profound as Jupiter Invincible; I am honored and grateful that I am able to contribute to the conversations about race in America.”

Image Credit: Rattapallax

Once the writing and illustrations were completed, it was up to producer and AR designer Ram Devineni to bring the pages to life. In addition to injecting the project with AR animations, he also brought old photos back to life, much like the genealogy platform My Heritage did with their Deep Nostalgia app. Having faces move and blink as if they were alive helps readers develop a deeper connection with the story and history itself.

“When I was in school in New Jersey — slavery and narratives about African-Americans were never taught to me, the only time that I learned about Slavery was when my teacher showed us the TV mini-series Roots by Alex Haley. That was it, and it was never talked about or mentioned again. Americans are uncomfortable or do not know how to talk about Slavery which is one of the reasons its aftermath continues to effect us today,” said Devineni adding, “I believe bold new stories and narratives like Jupiter Invincible are needed to create a cultural shift and challenge perceptions about race in America. The comic book is designed for young people and we hope to get the comic book distributed for free in schools and libraries.”

Eric Battle, who has illustrated popular titles such as Spider-Man and The X-Men, served as the editor for Jupiter Invincible, and currently acts as curator, art director, and illustrator on a coffee table book for the Philadelphia Jazz Project and BLAM! Black Lives Always Mattered!: Hidden African American Philadelphians in the 20th Century, an original graphic novel for Temple University’s Charles L. Blockson Library.

Image Credit: Rattapallax

Jupiter Invincible was developed at the Merriweather Art District in Maryland, funded by the US National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, and created by New York-based media house and publisher, Rattapallax, which produced the popular AR comic book series, Priya’s Shakti, featuring India’s first female superhero hero and rape survivor. The comic book was named a “gender equality champion” by UN Women.

You can find more information on their website and on social media at @powerofjupiter.

Jupiter Invincible is part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Immersive Juneteenth programming sponsored by Indeed.

Feature Image Credit: Rattapallax

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