Nothing is more satisfying than shooting some undead from a helicopter and the team at Limbic Software agree completely. The creators behind the ever popular Zombie Gunship franchise have released Zombie Gunship Raptor, a title designed for virtual reality (VR), onto Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR.
In this new entry in the franchise players will need to use everything they can in order to survive in a post-apocalyptic world with a steadily dwindling population. Thankfully the ‘use everything’ applies to your heavily-armed gunship helicopter that the player just so happens to be the gunner on. It is therefore up to you to ensure the safety of military installations and civilian survivors by unleashing large amounts of bullets and missiles into the hordes of the undead that try to ruin your day.
“Enemies come from all directions, so the player is required to eliminate threats 360° around them,” says Limbic Co-Founder & CEO Arash Keshmirian and Producer Greg Uhler. “Moving the gunship helicopter from node to node within each warzone is incredibly immersive.”
The series have already explored the application for augmented reality (AR) in early releases but now players will be stepping into VR for this one. Offering a complete 360-degree playing field, players will need to turn, duck, and look in order to put the enemy within their line of sights. The level of immersion that comes from being there in the gunner seat is sure to take the enjoyment of the title to new heights, offering players the closest experience to an actual zombie apocalyptic.
“In traditional shooters, the reticle is always at the center of the screen, where the player is looking,” say Uhler and Keshmirian. “Now with VR, the player can point the controller in one direction to fire on a group of zombies while looking elsewhere to assess additional threats. This leads to a more immersive experience and new strategies to win the mission.”
“Raptor features a new trifecta combination of weapons: a powerful main machine gun, a barrage of rockets for taking out groups of zombies, and large area of effect missiles for taking out Titan zombies,” explain Keshmirian and Uhler further. “We also added a diverse upgrade system to ensure players can take their own path to increase their arsenal.”
Zombie Gunship Raptor also includes a new Survival mode which is designed for only the most hardened of players. Here, a never-ending swarm of zombies will be hell-bent on destroying everything you hold dear. Test your skills and climb the leader boards as you try to hold out for as long as possible all while shooting countless undead.