Still in Early Access, Downpour Interactive’s military first-person shooter (FPS) Onward has been one of the most successful for virtual reality (VR) headsets. Currently a PC VR-only experience, the studio has been working with Coatsink (Shadow Point, Esper) to bring the title to Oculus Quest, confirming a launch will take place in July.
Downpour Interactive revealed development of the Oculus Quest version just over a year ago, not long after the standalone headset launched. The last 12 months have proven the device is important to support, not only because of the revenue some developers have earned but especially when it comes to multiplayer gameplay and keeping an active, diverse community of players.
Just like the PC version, the Oculus Quest edition of Onward removes common FPS features like crosshairs and mini maps for a more realistic, simulator-style experience. Players have to rely on coordination and communication with their squad to succeed, whether they’re playing on Quest, Oculus Rift or any other SteamVR compatible headset, crossplay support is fully included.
There are solo and co-op, and multiplayer gameplay modes, providing AI opponents to hone those skills before trying a 10-person battle with three objectives to chose from; safe a VIP, control an Uplink station or secure an area to upload a code.
You’ll have a range of realistic weaponry to play with; the modern MARSOC faction has the AUG, M16, M1014 P90 and the M249 light machine gun. While the insurgent Volk forces use an arsenal which includes the AKS74U, the Makarov, and an RPG launcher.
“I’m incredibly excited for Onward to come to the Oculus Quest: to have players be inspired by the freedom of the platform while at the same time experiencing the realism and immersion that Onward brings to the table,” said Dante Buckley Founder, Downpour Interactive in a statement. “And I think I speak for my whole team when I say we’re excited to see our players get their hands on the game after almost a year of development.”
The studios will release Onward for Oculus Quest on 30th July 2020, retailing for $24.99 USD through the Oculus Store.