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Hawken To Support The Oculus Rift At Launch

Matt Gardner
Hawken, Meteor Entertainment, Oculus, Oculus Rift, VR headsets

Hawken To Support The Oculus Rift At Launch

Just saying the words 'Oculus Rift'  is awesome, and we can't wait for the John Carmack-supported VR headset to be fully realised and released.The id programming master has already pledged Doom 3: BFG Edition to the hardware, and now it seems that Meteor's F2P mech FPS Hawken will support the Rift too.

Colour us very excited.

"First-person is the most satisfying genre for virtual reality because you need to feel like you're present in the world," said Meteor Entertainment CEO Mark Long, chatting to Forbes. "Hawken is perfect for Oculus because its environments are well-suited for the level of visual density and distances you're looking it. The shapes that are close and far away lend themselves well to 3D. When you're in a typical first-person shooter, you're a slave to the direction your weapon is pointing, which is unnatural. Being in a Mech, this offers a more realistic virtual reality experience."

For those who've been under a rock/not reading the site meticulously, the Oculus Rift "is a new virtual reality (VR) headset designed specifically for video games that will change the way you think about gaming forever," at least, according to the official pitch. "With an incredibly wide field of view, high resolution display, and ultra-low latency head tracking, the Rift provides a truly immersive experience that allows you to step inside your favorite game and explore new worlds like never before." The Kickstarter is still going on for four days, so there's still time if you want to get involved.

"We want to integrate Hawken into Oculus with a special version of the game engine through the HMD through post-processing of the point-of-view," Long continued. "With Unreal we can dynamically change the point-of-view and make sure that the latency is as low as possible for the viewers to eliminate motion sickness. We're going to build out a cockpit that players can buy so they can see the inside of the Mech with Oculus for a more immersive gameplay experience."

We got hands-on (face-on?) with the Rift at Gamescom, and the write-up will be arriving this evening, so stay tuned.

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