If you've ever been to a really good arcade, you are inundated with all kinds of sights, sounds and even smells. With the advent of VR, it is now possible to get the first two if a game developer steps up to the challenge. Oh, look, here's Digital Cybercherries with New Retro Arcade: Neon.
The company, which originally created New Retro Arcade for non-VR sets and tested it on the Rift in 2014, revealed today that it has been working on a new versions of the arcade simulator for the Vive, and it will have support for multiplayer. Apparently fans had been clamoring for it and the developer decided to oblige.
“A lot of the multiplayer functionality is still in flux as the specific capabilities we can work into New Retro Arcade: Neon bring with them a lot of interesting challenges,” company community manager Joe Henson told Forbes. “As a basis, we’re expanding the number of ‘physical’ games in the arcade and including a lot of the things you’d expect to see shoulder-to-shoulder with a room full of cabinets looking to swallow all your spare change. An air hockey table should give a rough idea of where we’re heading with that.”
Henson said that the idea of the virtual arcade has really taken off after the original concept came about. “We had no real aims, no need to build a product in the regular sense - just a memory of standing abreast a room full of arcade machines tucked into a dingy room just shoehorned in at the side of the local bowling alley," Henson said. “A shared child-like wonder of what new games were to be had, just a coin-drop away from our fingers.”
The original game is still putting more touches on the Rift version, but Neon adds a bunch of new features and new content to not only the non-VR game, but the Vive version as well. “We think we have a control system that’ll work with the Vive motion controllers, maybe,” Henson said. “Still, we’re cognizant of the fact some people will probably want to switch over to using a controller whilst playing on one of the cabinets.”
No release date has been revealed, but you can follow the development on the company's Facebook page.
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I am absolutely infatuated with the premise of this project. It's really the only thing that's made me pause and consider purchasing a VR headset this early in the game
Here's hoping they get the monitor orientation straightened out soon. Playing Frogger and Space Invaders in landscape orientation makes my head hurt.