Few things are a good fit for virtual reality like Mechas. After all Guerrilla’s RIGS is what basically sold PlayStation VR for me to begin with. On a similar note, Japanese gamers are going to get a treat on April 3rd.
Degica, ixtl, Epic Games Japan, HTC and diginnos are partnering for an event next month at Belle Salle Akihabara, Tokyo. The event, announced via press release, will be centered on a Muv-Luv Alternative on Valve’s HTC Vive.
If you’re not familiar with it, Muv-Luv Alternative is a visual novel by âge, released for several platforms between 2006 and 2016. Recently it also had an anime series titled Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse.
In the game, the survival of humanity is endangered by mysterious aliens named BETA, that are exterminating Earth’s population. Mechas named Tactical Surface Fighters are the only hope left.
The event will happen at Noon local time (press will have access at 10) on April 3rd, and admission will be free. Attendees will be able to experience the world of Muv-Luv Alternative in virtual reality powered by Unreal Engine 4 using the HTC Vive, and the Steam Controller will also be showcased.
The original authors of the game will also be present to deliver a presentation.
At the moment it’s unknown if this event will then translate into an actual customer-oriebted experience for VR, but if you love the Muv-Luv series as much as I do, it’s certainly exciting.
Below you can see a piece of promotional artwork release for the event.