EVE: Valkyrie promises multiplayer dogfights in virtual reality

— 12:05 PM on August 21, 2013

With the Gamescom show on in Germany this week, new trailers abound. One of my favorites is also one of the shortest. Check out this 45-second teaser for EVE: Valkyrie:

Now, imagine playing that with a VR headset. EVE: Valkyrie is designed for virtual reality gear like the Oculus Rift.

According to the press release announcing the game, Valkyrie is a "multiplayer spaceship dogfighting shooter" set in the same universe as EVE Online. Valkyrie started as a tech demo, but it was apparently popular enough at this year's E3 show and EVE Fanfest to spawn a full-fledged game. The Fanfest trailer below shows off more in-game footage.

The old trailer has less of a Battlestar Galactica vibe than the new one, but it does include a little more action and what I presume is VR-driven head tracking. Checking your six will never be the same again. EVE: Valkyrie will presumably work with traditional PC monitors, too, but that setup surely won't deliver the same experience as a VR headset.

According to the announcement trailer, EVE: Valkyrie is due in 2014. The Oculus folks are aiming to have their first commercial headset available next year, as well. I can't wait to put the two together.

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