Echo Arena is a zero gravity sports game in an arena ripped straight out of Ender’s Game that releases for free on July 20th. It is a multiplayer spinoff of “Lone Echo”, but it being promoted as it’s own game and pushed for esports by Oculus. It’s been quite the rage on the VR reddits once the beta came out a week ago. The next beta is on July 4th !
So the arena, like I said, is ripped straight out of Ender’s Game (the battle room). You float around in zero gravity, and can grab floating blocks and throw yourself off them for positioning and quick movement. You also have have thrusters on your wrist, so you can point your arm in the direction you want to thrust or rotate your wrist.
You start in a lobby area, which is hilarious fun just floating around and goofing off with people. The devs were even in there during the beta teaching players how to play.
The game itself is like hockey. There is a disc in the middle of the arena at the start. You can ride on these launcher tubes to get propelled into the arena and be the first person to grab the disc. You can punch people in the face to disable them, or put your hands up to your head to block a hit and disable a puncher.
The sense of presence in this 3d zero gravity arena is amazing. You also have very detailed robot hand, arm, and body models that are the best I’ve seen in VR. You can grab onto a surface at any angle and your hand will angle itself accordingly.
Imo this is the killer app that VR desperately needed.