For those after a futuristic racer in a similar vein to the iconic Wipeout series then XOCUS’ upcoming Z-Race should fit the bill nicely. The studio has just dropped a new trailer whilst confirming a PC VR launch will take place on Steam next week.
This intense, high-octane racer puts players in zero-g ships and tubular tracks filled with obstacles to avoid, coins and powerups to collect. The Early Access launch will feature 10 anti-gravity racers and 12 tracks across four terrains.
Initially, Z-Race will offer an asynchronous global multiplayer mode so you can go head-to-head with players worldwide, competing for the top spots on leaderboards. In this mode, you’ll be able to upgrade your ship to unlock its potential and go insanely fast. “These upgrades will include improvements to base speed, manoeuvrability, and nitro capacity. And our matchmaking algorithm will assure that you’re only going up against the racers with similar upgrades and a similar skill level,” the studio notes.
After the launch, XOCUS plans on releasing a synchronous head-to-head mode where up to seven players can compete. You’ll be able to invite friends in but upgrades will be disabled so there’s no advantage to be gained. But you can customise its design for a unique look. There’s even going to be some sort of PvP arena introduced although no further details were available.
Supposedly, Z-Race features: “a brand new, unique control configuration that no other racing game has tried before.” Keep an eye-out for VRFocus’ upcoming preview where we test this statement out.
XOCUS will launch Z-Race on Steam for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Valve Index on 2nd March retailing for $19.99 USD. The studio also has plans to bring Z-Race to Oculus Quest in the future with details regarding a closed beta to be released soon. For further updates on the new VR title, keep reading VRFocus.