This will come as welcome news to everybody, Onward, the VR MP FPS long rumored to be coming to the Oculus Quest, has finally got a release date! Onward is coming on July 30th! We’re all very excited to try it out on Quest since the PCVR version has seen a lot of love on that platform, and has been called one of the best VR shooters by some reviewers. Its only real competition on Quest is Pavlov Shack, but that has yet to get a solid release date and is, at least so far, only available via Side-Loading.
Here’s the brand new announcement trailer:
Developer Downpour Interactive and publisher Coatsink (we love Coatsink for bringing us the fantastic Shadow Point, one of our highest rated puzzlers on Quest) announced that Onward will be out for Quest on the 30th, and priced at $24.99 RRP.
While the Quest’s graphics obviously can’t match the PCVR version, the screenshots we’ve seen so far are very promising –
Here’s what the press release from Coatsink promises:
Multiplayer Virtual Reality Mil-Sim Gameplay Onward combines mil-sim gameplay with the experience of playing in virtual reality. Players cannot rely on crosshairs or mini-maps, instead, you rely on coordination and communication with your squad. In order to succeed at your objective. Realistic combat mechanics and artificial locomotion will push your combat survival skills to their limit as you engage in infantry combat across a large variety of maps and combat situation
Onward’s Key FeaturesCrossplay support Take to the battlefield with your friends, no matter what platform you’re playing on. Players who use the Oculus Quest will be able to join their friends using Oculus Rift or SteamVR compatible headsets in battle.
Solo and co-op game modes Take on AI enemies to hone your skills against our AI opponents. Chase down all enemies in a Hunt, or hold off the enemy forces as you wait for your extraction in an Evac mission. Explore maps freely or go to the shooting range to familiarise yourself with the wide variety of weapons in the game, all of which are unique and require knowledge to operate.
Multiplayer battles with up to ten players Take to the online battlefield in a high stakes clash with up to ten people and best your enemies on a strategic and tactical level. Choose one of three objective-based modes where you need to fight for control over an Uplink station, get the VIP to safety (or prevent it), or secure an area long enough to upload a code through your tablet.
Two unique factions with a wide variety of weapons Onward focuses the battle between the modern militaristic MARSOC faction which has access to modern weapons including the AUG, M16, M1014 P90, and the M249 light machine gun and the insurgent Volk forces who utilize weapons such as the AKS74U, the Makarov, and even an RPG launcher. This is only a small sample of what awaits in-game.
Finally, here’s a word from the founder of Downpour Interactive, Dante Buckley:
“I’m incredibly excited for Onward to come to the Oculus Quest: to have players be inspired by the freedom of the platform while at the same time experiencing the realism and immersion that Onward brings to the table. And I think I speak for my whole team when I say we’re excited to see our players get their hands on the game after almost a year of development.”
As always, we’ll provide a full review of the game as soon as we can!