There is this very bizarre view adopted by people in certain areas of the world that if you’re European there is a very good chance you’re a football fan. I can say with utter honesty that I’m English and that if I absolutely wanted to see a bunch of men in excruciatingly tiny shorts diving a lot, I’d go to a swimming pool. So as with all things, the rule obviously doesn’t always apply. For FIFA and PRO Evo. fans out there (and I know there are millions of you) there might be something interesting happening in the VR world. In this particular case, I’m referring to VRFC, which launched for PSVR and PC via the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift today.
I think what we can expect from this title is pretty straightforward. You all know how football (soccer to you lot on the other side of the pond) works. If you don’t, you’ve probably been living in a cave for some time now. I’m not going to insult your intelligence by explaining the basic rules of the game. I’m more interested (as quite probably you are) in how all this is going to translate into a VR setting.
Created in Unreal and using Cherry Pop Games’ K4 physics engine, VRFC allows you to kick, dribble, tackle and shoot in VR. This title also sees a first time VR implementation of Agile Locomotion; this basically means you’re not only going to be using your body when you play but that this translates into full body simulation and animation. Put very simply, this means no more floating hands and feet.
Allowing for up to eight players online at any one time, VRFC is a competitive online and crossplay compatible VR game, where all the action shines from a 1st person view point. For reasons that I’ve already mentioned, this title won’t just be exercising your neck muscles but giving you a full upper-body workout while you play. As with the real sport, it’s pretty easy to learn but also difficult to master. VRFC offers a series of training activities to help you develop your skills, but ultimately it’s going to come down to your own ability when proving how good you are behind the ball.
So that’s the gist of things. Now for the fun bit. Who want’s to see a launch trailer? I thought you might. I’ll leave you with this then and let you football/VR addicts have a drool. When you’ve finished, you may want to go to your designated stores and have a further look at the game. You might be giving more than your thumbs a workout in no time at all.