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Space Junkies

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4
Genre: Action
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
Release Date: March 26, 2019

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'Space Junkies' (ALL) Open Beta Begins Tomorrow

by Rainier on March 20, 2019 @ 10:54 a.m. PDT

Space Junkies is a jetpack-fueled VR arcade shooter where you fly through deadly space arenas to face off in extreme battles.

Space Junkies pits players in 1-vs.-1 or 2-vs.-2 combat inside the Dirty Bowl, a collection of space arenas that dynamically respond to players' actions and allow them to navigate and attack from any direction. The game features an arsenal of outlandish, customizable, joinable and – thanks to the Oculus Touch and Vive controllers – grab-able weapons that let players alter their assault tactics to take down their opponents.

Space Junkies is powered by Brigitte, a new proprietary virtual reality engine created at Ubisoft Montpellier.

Brigitte is designed to evolve and adapt to the way worlds can be created for VR, as well as including the new VR interfaces in the development process and map creations.

Space Junkies will hold an open beta beginning on March 21 (6PM CET/10AM PDT) until March 24 (12PM CET/4AM PDT) for PlayStation VR. Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality players will have access until March 25 (12PM CET/4AM PDT).

The open beta will give players the opportunity to try Space Junkies for free ahead of its worldwide launch on March 26. The open beta will offer the same experience as the full game, featuring four different PvP modes playable across several unique maps as well as a variety of characters each with unique characteristics.

For the first time, PlayStation VR and PC players will be able to challenge or team up with each other thanks to full cross-play support during the open beta and at launch between PSVR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

Several test phases will be held prior to launch, including an open beta across all platforms. Players can register to participate in closed tests.

Key Features:

  • The Dirty Bowl: If you thought space was hostile before, just wait until you play in the Dirty Bowl! Death comes fast and hard from all directions as you speed and fight through Orbital Arenas (Orenas) designed specifically to kill, and built to thrill.
  • Adrenaline-Packed Multiplayer: You are now part of an elite tribe of gunslinging Spacers who battle it out in treacherous 2v2 and 1v1 battles.
  • Get to Know Your Body: A full VR experience allows you to use your hands and body to manipulate your environment and weapons intuitively, while full use of motion controllers brings you right into the gunslinging action.
  • Full VR Navigation in Space: Dodge, weave, and fly through hostile space environments and 360-degree orbital battlefields. Situational awareness gets vertical as opponents come at you fast, hard, up, down, sideways, and backward.
  • Weapon Variety is the Spice of ... Death: Insane weapons, from sunblasters to bioguns, let you use different angles and both of your hands to combine your weapons of choice when stalking and taking down your opponents.
  • 360-Degree Sound: Spatial audio will have you fully immersed in an explosive environment.
  • Out Of This World: The weird and wonderful physics of micro-gravity create your virtual playground. From chain reactions and dynamic lighting to breakable environments, your battleground will morph based on your input.

Space Junkies will be available for PlayStation VR, Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Oculus Rift + Touch and HTC Vive on March 26. 2019.

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