Serious Sam – one of the best games we have ever played and a classic first person shooter – is landing on VR soon in the form of Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter offering players a full choice of locomotion methods.
Croatian developers Croteam and publishers Devolver Digital have joined hands to bring the Serious Sam franchise to the immersive VR platforms and the first in the series to make it through was the The Last Hope. However, the game didn’t offer a full set of locomotion methods in a bid to ensure that gamers get comfortable with the game and don’t get overwhelmed by what they have to offer.
With that out of the way and garnering favourable response, the team has decided to go ahead and open up player movement to accommodate the original’s traditional first person shooter design. That plan has resulted into Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter which is the first full locomotion campaign game for the VR market.
The game has been built on Croteam’s brand new “2017” engine and this gives the original title a welcome makeover from the visual front. While the graphics will definitely be stunning, a much more awaited feature set is the movement choices. The First Encounter will ship with the teleportation system seen in The Last Hope, but will also allow people to use standard trackpad (and presumably joystick for Oculus Touch) input to guide Sam around the levels.
According to the developer, gamers will be able to explore each of the levels using trackpad movement using what the developer calls Serious Locomotion. As the developer describes: “go with safer built-in teleportation system and move quickly to avoid charging enemies with the help of Sam’s personal translocator device or tweak and adjust the way you move through the VR space to best suit you playing style with using our own Serious Warp locomotion.”
You will also have the option of holding two weapons – one weapon in each hand, or dual-wield them, quadrupling your stopping power by combining different guns or same two in both hands.
The overall theme of the game hasn’t been changed – hordes of enemies and non-stop action set – however, the gameplay is much more refined thanks to the latest Serious Engine 2017 to create one of the most unique VR experiences!
You can buy Serious Sam: The First Encounter via Steam Early Access on December 20th right here.