Keep your finger on the pulse of the XR industry with the Daily Roundup, the most important news in one daily email. Thank you all for your patience and continued support. Users will be able to queue up AI matches at the matchmaking podium. Players will earn the usual experience and rewards from AI matches though at a slightly reduced rate. The new player experience will show players the basics like how to use the arm-computer and how to queue up for a match. The update also brings a host of optimizations to the game.
In a demo station at E3, I turn my head to watch a disc float by and activate my wrist jets to chase after it, weaving past floating obstacles and using my hands to guide me. Reaching the disc, I grab it with my dominant hand and look up toward the diamond-shaped goal, about 30 feet away. With a flick, I launch the disc toward the open, glowing goal and nail it right in the middle, setting off sparks and a ripping guitar riff, earning my team three points. They're moving toward me pumping their arms up and down, gliding through an arena that looks like it's been ripped right out of the Tron universe, etched with bold luminescent lines of blue and orange. I raise my own arms in victory, only to realize that the disc is back in play. I jet my way back toward my team's side of the arena to play some defense.
'Echo Arena' is the first VR game that made me forget I was real
It holds up extremely well on Oculus Quest and we recently captured a full gameplay match while it was in an invite-only testing phase recently:. You can grab onto the walls or other players to boost yourself in directions with thrusters on your back and wrists to speed up travel around the arena. You can also punch other players in the head to stun them for a few seconds, and if you plan well you can block to stun the puncher instead. The wireless freedom of Quest takes away worries associated with tangling in a cord or hitting an external sensor, and frees up players to focus on the game itself.
We'll be rebroadcasting last weekend's round-robin stages today Thursday and tomorrow Friday and then live streaming the semis and finals on the weekend per calendar:. On TOP of that! To view the scheduled dates of the matches, visit the Matches page.