Oculus and Intel have recently announced at E3 that they’ll be pushing Echo Arena into esports which makes it one of the first VR games to enter the competitive league partnering with ESL. Starting today, you can log-in to test the beta of the game until 8:00PM PST on June 25. This game will be full locomotion allowing you to use your virtual hands to push, pull, and glide through the arena in Zero-G.
“We teamed up with ESL and Intel to bring you the most high-stakes VR competition yet,” said Oculus. “With an expected $200K in prizes up for grabs and games including Echo Arena and The Unspoken, this promises to be the biggest event to hit VR yet. Brackets begin on July 12 for The Unspoken and shortly after the July 20 launch for Echo Arena. Both leagues will culminate at the world’s biggest esports event—Intel Extreme Masters Poland!”
In Echo Arena—the fast-paced competitive multiplayer mode for Lone Echo—you’ll join a team of up to four other players and face off against the competition in a zero-gravity clash of robotic glory as you glide, boost, and punch your way to scoring goals in a breathtaking virtual arena. As a team sport, Echo Arena rewards players that work well together; with the incredible social expression offered by Touch, you’ll be able signal for a pass with a shout and a wave just as you naturally would, while throwing and catching the disc becomes a valuable skill to master. Even better though, Echo Arena is also full-contact sport: make a fist and use a swift punch to an opponent’s head to stun them, or grab onto another player’s back and catch a ride down-field. And of course, after you score a goal you can flaunt it with your own victory dance.
The controls are laid out fairly well for you to have optimal response in the game.
Echo Arena will pit you and 3 other teammates against your opponents where you must face off against one another in scoring the most points. You’ll have access to thrusters to boost you around, brakes to slow you down, and the ability to punch your opponents which will stun them for a brief moment. Oculus has stated that the goal for this open beta weekend is to test the matchmaking services.
Everyone is starting on a level playing field in terms of talent for this game as this is a new type of competitive gaming. If you think you have what it takes to be competitive at Echo Arena, now is a good time to give it a whirl. Who knows, you might be one of the lucky teams to make your way to Poland to compete for $200K in prizes.