It never occurred to me that MOBA gaming and VR would ever go together. Clearly, then, publisher/developer Sunsoft is much more clever than I am with their Dark Eclipse launch announcement, which throws back the curtain on a new way to experience MOBA gaming due near the end of the month.
The new MOBA is reportedly a culmination of 40 years in gaming for Sunsoft and a passion project for the company. It also hopes to be Sunsoft’s re-emergence into the Western gaming markets with its unique take on the genre.
In Dark Eclipse, you control three Leaders from a roster of 15 and command them to destroy your opponent’s base while defending your own. Players steer their Leaders with drag-and-drop controls to guide them along and place Towers that provide buffs, while the scope of VR and the game’s vantage point lets you take in the entire battlefield without having to look at a minimap. The game can be played with a variety of control schemes, supporting both the DualShock 4 controller or PlayStation Move. It can even be played with one controller.
Dark Eclipse will release as a free-to-play game for PlayStation VR on Tuesday, September 25th. Sunsoft plans regular free updates to the game, including new Leaders and balance adjustments post-release. More information about how the game operates can be read on the PlayStation website or you can check out footage from last year’s PSX below.
Yep, this definitely has caught us a bit by surprise, but pleasantly so. It will certainly be interesting to know just how much of a market there is for a VR MOBA, but at the same time this is such an innovative spin on the genre we have to believe there will be more than a few people who will be curious to try it out.
Source: press release