Sparc is CCP's new non-EVE VR sports simulator, due out 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I was puzzling over the fact that besides a few golfing and racing games, we don't have many sports games inside the MMORPG genre -- we leap right from sandbox sport fishing to full-scale murder with little in-between.

I dunno whether CCP's new VR venture will count, since it's multiplayer but not MMO exacty, but it's definitely in the ballpark, pun intended: It's called Sparc, and the MMO studio is calling it a "unique virtual sport" where "players connect online to compete with each other in fast and fun full-body VR gameplay." Unlike CCP's other games, this one won't be set in the EVE Online universe in any way.

"Sparc's skill-based, full-body gameplay makes for a fast-paced and fun physical sport. Players use their motion controllers to throw projectiles at their opponents from a distance, and in turn defend themselves by dodging, blocking, or deflecting the incoming attacks. Players can join one-on-one matches with friends online or find opponents via matchmaking. Sparc enables players to connect and compete in an online community. [...] Sparc includes multiple two-player game modes as well as single-player challenges and training modes, plus a range of customization and personalization options for competitors."

Prefer being a couch potato? Don't worry; you can sit around and watch other people playing video game sport-duels too. "Players can watch matches in-person and queue for the next match in VR through Courtside, a freeform social area for spectating in VR or on screen," CCP says.

The game is due out sometime this year for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. We've tucked the trailer -- which appears to show players gearing up for boxing, fencing, and tennis -- down below.

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Source: Press release, official site
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Mr_Planthead

I remember this game, I think I had it for the power glove

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Arktouros

Also if anyone does have a Vive and want a pretty great sports style experience "Racket: Nx" looks really good!

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Scrungle

No WAY this is going to flop.

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agemyth 😩

Electronic sports! Digital sports! Virtual sports!

If this is only another VR pong-like it doesn't seem like CCP is really leveraging their experience in early VR games to do anything interesting. This kind of game is only interesting if it comes free with a hardware purchase like Wii Sports.

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Robert Mann

Is anyone else bugged by the fact that, despite otherwise doing a decent job of simulating a human body, the legs are cut off? I mean, outside of the factor of it looking like this could just do on forever until somebody just doesn't dodge or block.

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Bryan Correll

You can probably get legs through a 'micro' transaction.

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Armsman

From the article above:
"Unlike CCP's other games, this one won't be set in the EVE Online universe in any way."

When we're talking about CCP the above equals financial failure. How much they'll loose before bailing remains to be seen. ;)

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Bryan Correll

I predict many youtube videos of people moving around spastically while in their vr gear and blissfully unaware they're being filmed.

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Targeter

So jai alai meets Tron discs?

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styopa

Not at all...it's JUST Tron discs.

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Arktouros

By "unique virtual sport" they mean hop on the next new VR fad: Sports style games.

There's a whole series of similar games. There's "Racket: Nx" as well as "Holoball" and of course the ever popular "Smashbox Arena" game. In fact "Sparc" from it's limited video (could be more to come) looks basically like a graphically updated "Cyberpong" that's been on Steam for a while now.

Personally I'm more interested in OrbusVR these days, an actual VR MMO: https://orbusvr.com/

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zennie001

They were working on this for the same time as on Valkyrie, it's just that they were probably too slow and other studios have finished their projects earlier. So while they didn't pioneer this type of games, they didn't copy it either. They're just slow... and thus they will probably fail with this one.

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Armsbend

It isn't like Kinect at all. Nope.

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Arktouros

I don't understand the reference.

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Armsbend

Kinect had a slew of crappy sports games it's first year - along with dance games. Kinect had buzz then faceplanted - hard.

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Arktouros

If technology just stays the same and never innovates then you get the glut that we're in currently with MMOs where everyone just rehashes the same ideas over and over. Oh sure we might add in a mini-game here or there that hasn't been done before but after 20 years of MMO gaming we can see how "Frankenstein's Game" was put together at this point.

The most likely innovation is how we interact with games. Expecting or wanting any new technology to fail at this stage is literally cheering for stagnation of gaming. Thankfully, despite the seemingly never ending tide of VR haters online, VR companies mostly are saying they are doing quite well and where they wanted to be for their projections.

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