Holoball, set in the retrofuture and dripping with neon, is set to launch tomorrow. The game started out as a simple ping-pong VR demo among TreeFortress staff. After AI has taken over the planet, humans have one chance for freedom on their 18th birthday. They have to beat the AI in a game of Holoball.
A Detailed Gameplay Experience
Where those freed humans go and what they do is the stuff of a different story. This is still the early stages of VR, and the goal here is to create a game that feels fun. The developers built fine-tuned haptic vibrations into the virtual paddle, allowing it to “shudder” when you connect with a shot. The developer’s also paid special attention to the sound effects on ball bounces and explosions. There are explosions? There is also a soundtrack made in collaboration with synthwave California-based Dance with the Dead.
Holoball is Huge
The developers also quickly realized that scale was an important feature in VR. They say, “our brains are easily mesmerized by large structures.” Developers could previously only imagine the kind of vastness possible in VR. TreeFortress capitalizes on this concept, scaling the arena up and increasing the ball speed to really get the adrenaline going. They’ve also programmed the AI opponent to taunt players, which adds to the game’s character.
Holoball is TreeFortress’ first 3D game, first VR game, and first game on PlayStation. It launches tomorrow, November 22, 2016. An independent video game studio based out of Edmonton, Alberta, TreeFortress has only two full-time members, with previous titles include JumpJet Rex and Bardbarian.