CCP Games announces Sparc, a full body VR sports game
CCP Games is aiming to make Sparc a virtual sport only possible in virtual reality, with the game being a skill-based, full-body gameplay which should make for a fast-paced and fun physical sport. CCP Games gave the following explanation as to how Sparc works:
Players use their motion controllers to throw projectiles at their opponents from a distance, and in turn defend themselves by dodging, blocking, or deflecting the incoming attacks. Players can join one-on-one matches with friends online or find opponents via matchmaking.
Sparc will also have a strong community feel with Courtside, a freeform social area for spectating in VR or on screen. This focus on community could give the game a strong e-sports appeal, as the game would bridge the gap between sports and e-sports.
In terms of modes, Sparc will include multiple two-player game modes as well as single-player challenges and training modes, plus a range of customization and personalization options for competitors.
CCP Games are excited about Sparc with Morgan Godat, Executive Producer at CCP Atlanta saying the following in Sparc’s announcement press release.
“After our early experiments with standing VR gameplay, we were excited by the idea of building an original sport designed for the current generation of VR hardware. We’ve designed Sparc so that players can express and improve their skill through their physical actions.”
“Ultimately, we want players to think of Sparc as a virtual court in their living room where they can meet and compete with other players from around the world.”
Today’s announcement is only the beginning for Sparc and CCP Games plans to reveal further information about Sparc’s gameplay and feature-set ahead of release later this year.
During Gamescom I actually got a chance to play Sparc, or as it was known at the time Project Arena. While I don’t exactly know how close Sparc is to Project Arena, it sounds similar enough to help raise my excitement levels as I enjoyed the time I spend trying out the game, and as I said in my Project Arena preview, the game looks and feels like the disc arena from the Tron movies.
CCP Games will be revealing further information about Sparc’s gameplay and feature-set ahead of the games 2017 release.
For more information on Sparc, visit https://www.playsparc.com.