VR players have many multiplayer shooters to choose from, and they will soon have yet another one because Vail VR, currently in a closed alpha phase, is set to release on Steam soon.
Developed by indie team AEXLAB, which was funded in 2015 with a goal of creating meaningful technologies for gaming, training, simulation, and other applications, the game focuses on tactical gunplay and combat, requiring players to work together in order to achieve victory.
“We believe Vail set the foundation for the next generation of first-person shooting games. It’s in virtual reality, multiplayer, incredibly fine-tuned, and realistic,” said Jonathan Ovadia, CEO of AEXLAB. “While we’ve seen realistic VR shooters in the past, none bring them to a tactical, multiplayer experience with this level of combat. We believeVail moves the needle forward.”
Vail VR offers two gameplay modes for players to enjoy. The first mode is called Team Deathmatch, offering the traditional team versus team action that has been one of the staples of the shooter genre since the release of the Quake and Unreal Tournament series popularized it.
The second mode is called Artifact, and it features a full-scale ELO ranking system with automated tournaments and ladder structure. Teams of up to five players can communicate together using an in-game voice chat system and realistic gestures.
At the moment, Vail VR is still in early development, but players can sign up for an early alpha on its Steam page.
The development of Vail VR has been made possible by AEXLAB successfully raising over $700,000 on StartEngine, an equity crowdfunding platform that allows everyday people to invest and own shares in startups and early-stage companies. The team has used the funds to solutions for haptics, audio spatialization, firearm simulation, and other areas essential for developing an immersive multiplayer shooter.