Last week respected virtual reality (VR) studio Kite & Lightning announced its first true VR videogame in Bebylon Battle Royale. This intriguing title, labelled as a multiplayer vehicular melee brawler, is on its way to the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) next year. It’s set to offer a high level of customisation that allows players to embarrass and humiliate other players in a number of ways. In fact Kite & Lightning even wants to give the most creative and funniest players an advantage in this regard.
The developer’s Cory Strassburger explained as much to VRFocus in an interview that will be published later on in the week. “Again, a lot of this stuff is to be determined in terms of the amount of that makes it in the first game but the idea is that there’s two levels to this, right?” Strassburger said of the title’s personalisation options. “There’s basic avatar customisation, there’s basic vehicle customisation, there’s definitely choosing your weapons and things? But then on the comedy front it’s kind of like a lot of the weapons – almost like the bare minimum example would be like in Joan of Arc, if you ever saw The Messenger, the English were attacking the French and they were writing messages on these cannon balls that they were like flinging over there.
“And it was like this base level of something that was funny and personalising these weapons,” he added. “So at a base level you’re going to be able to customise your weapons, make them more funny and fuse images into them, record voices into them. And those can actually – if they’re really effective with the right weapon – you could actually make your opponent laugh and maybe laugh really hard, in which case you could take advantage of that opportunity. I think if that becomes a strong part of gameplay, it’s like the funniest guy really is getting these advantages, that would be awesome maybe.”
VRFocus will continue to follow Bebylon Battle Royale closely, reporting back with any further updates on the title.