Ask anybody – since the Oculus Rift was first announced via Kickstarter back in 2012, virtual reality has suddenly become the next big thing. There’s the Rift, the HTC Vive, Samsung VR, and even a VR headset for the PS4 courtesy of Sony; but now SEGA are getting involved.
With the Rift, you can sit down and play. The HTC Vive allows you to walk around a normal sized room. But now, SEGA have set their eyes on something bigger.
SEGA are currently working with the Australian company Zero Latency, who are based in Melbourne, to create a zombie-based shooter in Tokyo with the playing area the size of a warehouse. According to the Financial Review, it “will have Sega Live Creation opening a permanent warehouse-sized virtual reality centre in Tokyo, where customers will be able to don VR headsets powered by Zero Latency’s technology and run around shooting zombies.”
That’s a big-ass space to shoot undead fuckers in the face, and even more space to run and cry in a corner when they come running at you drooling like a fat man spotting Tesco’s bakery section.
SEGA won’t be using any of its own hardware or games (which is probably good, look at the Dreamcast), but everything will be provided by Zero Latency, who have already created something similar Down Under, as seen in the below clip.
The graphics could probably do with a bit of upgrading to avoid looking like an Xbox 360 game, but either way it looks like a fantastic experience to have with a group of mates.
The actual hardware is incredibly interesting too. The guns themselves look brilliant, and come with a variety of buttons to change weapons and fire modes. The backpacks, however, have the ability to generate heat, vibrations and even smells. Let’s hope nobody steps in virtual shit.
Unfortunately though, there has been no word on a release date yet, but keep an eye out!