There have been a number of virtual reality (VR) titles over the years that have gone for a local social aspect, like The Persistence which allowed non-VR players to help or hinder the VR player, or Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes which featured a printable manual for players to follow. Resolution Games, the team behind Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs will be making one of its own called Acron: Attack of the Squirrels. The studio has now dropped the first trailer ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this week.
The multiplayer, cross-platform party title is all about stealing or protecting the coveted seeds of life. If you’re the VR player then you become a rather overly protective tree who isn’t into sharing. While up to seven other players can join in as squirrels on their iOS or Android devices to steal as many Golden Acorns as possible.
As the tree, you can grab and hurl wood chunks, boulders and sticky sap to impede the relentless squirrels. If you’re one of the furry little critters then you’ll have special abilities to fall back on, with four character classes available. Matches are timed so there’s no dawdling about with players having to work together to retrieve all the acorns in time.
Acron: Attack of the Squirrels will support Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets, with a Summer 2019 release window currently scheduled. Resolution Games has yet to confirm any prices or if the mobile version of the title will be free to encourage more players to play against the one in VR.
VR has long had a stigma regarding the technology being socially isolating, yet several games and apps showcase this isn’t necessarily so when developers put their minds to it. Previously, Tommy Palm, co-founder and CEO of Resolution Games has said: “We’ve always believed that VR is more enjoyable when you can play with your friends and family,” which titles like Acron: Attack of the Squirrels help to showcase.
Check out the first trailer below. For further updates on Acron: Attack of the Squirrels as well as all the other VR titles at E3 this year, keep reading VRFocus.