Virtual reality and sports go hand-in-hand. Whether you are watching games or playing them, VR has the ability to enhance a sporting experience. CherryPop Games, a brand well known for enhancing sporting experiences with its first title Sports Bar VR is now offering a second title, VRFC: Virtual Reality Football Club which hopes to take that mantle and run with it.
Virtual Reality Football Club intends to bring the world of football to VR not for the first time, but in a complete way. VRFC is a first-person football game where the player controls an avatar and uses the unique Agile Locomotion mechanic to run, pass and score. Though this isn’t the first sports game in social VR, it is one of the most technically ambitious games set to hit the market. VRFC: Virtual Reality Football Club will allow players to kick, dribble, tackle, pass, cross, head and shoot in VR like never before. The video game will allow up to eight players online, offering competitive online and cross-play compatible VR gameplay where all the action and movement takes place in a first-person viewpoint.
They certainly cannot ask players to invest in full body sensors to fully track their movements, which is why VRFC uses the two handheld motion controllers. Players move the controllers in a running motion to move, with button presses on either controller to help with dribbling and actually kicking the ball. CherryPop calls this control system Agile Locomotion. Talking about the new system, the company said, “Agile Locomotion is an innovative intended form of locomotion which allows you run, sprint and kicks a ball in VR with no physical discomfort.” With this, the company hopes it can provide an answer to concerns over the difficulty of getting the mechanics of full body movement accurate in VR games.
To be honest, VRFC: Virtual Reality Football Club has many issues deriving from the limitations of the hardware upon which it is built, however, it remains one of the best sports experiences VR has to offer. Moreover, it’s also one of the best social VR experiences currently available, with the tension of competition and the misery of defeat likely to help make new friends across the VR community. VRFC: Virtual Reality Football Club can definitely be termed as a welcome foundation for sports simulations in VR.
You can watch the trailer of the game here