VR MMORPG OrbusVR reboots and expands as as OrbusVR: Reborn today

    
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It’s a big day for MMOs – and MMO players who’ve been itching to see more titles on VR. That’s because OrbusVR officially launches as OrbusVR: Reborn today: It’s a full expansion and reboot of the original VR MMORPG that doubles its class roster, buffs AI, improves character creation, and smooths out leveling, among other additions.

As the game’s founder Riley Dutton notes in his letter from the director, the game was originally Kickstarted – in four hours – just over two years ago. “At the time, it probably seemed either incredibly ambitious or downright foolhardy for a small indie team to attempt to create the world’s first VRMMO,” he writes. “Since the game’s launch in December of 2017 into Early Access, more than 60,000 people have played OrbusVR, spanning more than 575,000 hours played in-game. You’ve hunted down World Bosses, completed quests, defended the realm, and conquered the first-ever 10-player Raid in VR. All while contributing your feedback, ideas, helping track down bugs, and welcoming new players to help maintain our reputation as one of the friendliest games in VR.”

If you already own the game on Steam or Oculus, you’ll be able to download the update today for free, and yep, it’s still primed to launch with the Oculus Quest!

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Melissa McDonald

i would play this if it wasn’t so expensive. I am a little tempted though. If it’s in the Oculus store I’d prefer that version. Using Steam VR is kinda clunky with the Rift. Perhaps it’s smoother with the Vive.

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Humble DG

I believe it is in the Oculus Store.

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drew who

I am sure virtual reality and by extension VR mmos will be a big thing in the coming decades but I don’t think the technology is quite there yet for it to appeal to a mass market .

Maybe people will look back on Orbus as the Meridian 59 of such mmos in days to come and others will confuse WoW2 the VR mmo as being the first VR mmo :P

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Humble DG

It’s nice to see that MMOs are starting to creep into the VR space. Hopefully the trend continues. The graphics on this sort of remind me of Legend of Zelda Wind Waker, but something seems off. It’s $39 right now so I’m on the fence if this is a buy now or wait for sale game. It’s in Alpha according to Steam and that always worries me.

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xanadox

I advise you to chek it before buying it.
I was able to test the game in a free weekend and I noticed a problem with motion sickness. I haven’t had that problem in other VR games. I think it was caused by the fact of “walking” without walking.
I could do the tutorial, and the first two or three misions.
I think it’s a game with a big potential and I wish them the best.

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Humble DG

I saw that they offer both a teleport option and a walking option. I too thought that walking in VR was a guarantee stomach churner but then I recently played From Other Suns (a lot) and had no issues with their walking motion implementation. I think if the FPS is good enough, it’s not a problem, but not sure.

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Melissa McDonald

Skyrim VR has same issue really. Without sufficient space for realtime walking i had to use teleport. Joystick movement whilst standing still quickly made me feel weird. Most people opine that you can desensitize yourself with progressively longer sessions, it’s called “getting your VR legs”. It’s strange because Skyrim VR is the first app that’s given me feelings of nausea after several years and hundreds of hours in the VR space.

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Humble DG

After putting in about 15 hours into Orbus, I have to admit I’m surprised by it. The graphics are terrible unless you’re into something that looks like a watered down Wind Waker, but the combat is interesting. They really tried to put something in place for the classes to be unique. I’ve played a Paladin and a Scoundrel and I could see playing them some more.

The combat is a bit funky when it comes to certain melee classes, but overall it’s well put together. As for the movement, they give quite a few options now on how you want to move around. Whether you want teleport or walking, they offer strafing if you want and you have the choice on which controller stick you want to turn with, and turning type of either gradual turn or snap 90 degree turning. At least there are options.

All weapons seem right-handed so lefties should be warned. Also, the story is weak as I have to really don’t understand what my whole goal is in this game. But again, pleased by the experience of it so far.