4A Games made a name for themselves with their Metro series, dark and somewhat disturbing first person shooters, and now they’re going to take that experience and create a whole new level of dark and disturbing through the Oculus Touch.
ARKTIKA.1 tells the tale of a new ice age, the aftermath of an apocalypse where only a small pockets of civilzation remain. Yours in particular rests within old Russia, which you must protect from various raiders and strange creatures that want your resources, shelter and most disturbingly, your blood.
The decision to start a VR project came rather spontaneously – we just tried it out, and that was it, the decision was made! We’re not much different in that regard from most of the people trying VR for the first time. The experience is, without doubt, eye-opening and we see the potential.
– Andriy “Prof” Prokhorov, Creative Director at 4A Games (quote via 4A Games)
The Oculus Touch is still a little while away, but the twin controllers will provide a more interactive ‘hands on’ approach to virtual reality that hasn’t been available on the platform as yet (though its rival, the HTC Vive, does have something similar). First person shooters definitely fit the best kind of VR experiences, and in the case of 4A there’s an opportunity to create a dark yet compelling experience, though it’s hard to say if ARKTIKA.1 will follow the current tradition of an ‘on-rails’ style shooter or something more elaborate. It definitely looks shiny, that’s for sure.
ARKTIKA.1 currently has a Q2 2017 release date, but we’ll keep you informed on when 4A set a more accurate release schedule. In the meantime, check out the trailer above and let us know what you think.