Tame the beast
Fishermen Labs is a dedicated product development company based in Los Angeles. It is a digital agency that specializes in scaling products to millions of users. The company is aware that understanding data is as important and oftentimes synonymous with understanding the customer. Data affects everything people do today – from product decisions to the way we think about marketing.
HTC VIVE / Samsung Gear VR
There is no doubt that multiplayer has introduced a whole new level of engagement to the game. If we combine it with VR, we are already a step away from the virtualization of our body and becoming a part of the game.
The client wanted to develop the VR multiplayer application in which mobile players and PC players can meet in a virtual world to face different (profoundly immoral and malevolent) enemies!
Fight your enemies
It was a real challenge considering the game was supposed to be multiplatform. Certainly, it was wiping trails in the VR multiplayer area.
We had a lot of fun creating and describing the class of heroes. Depending on what device players logged into the VR multiplayer platform, they could only use specific abilities. We could not treat equally people playing HTC Vive with controllers and people who only have Cardboard. Fortunately, we found the optimal solution. For the purpose of the project, we decided to create only one location with a set of enemies and the final boss.
Graphics work and game mechanics were the smallest of problems and did not go beyond standard development. The most work cost us the creation of an efficiently operating VR multiplayer system that would allow players to participate in the game without any problems. While the stand of such a solution for two players is relatively simple, for a dozen or so work is a bit more difficult.
Mainly due to the need to frequently test the application and involve many people in the process. Therefore, it was difficult to plan rational sprints, fortunately, a client who also creates similar solutions, perfectly understood that this solution requires many tests and improvements.
The most important feature was a VR multiplayer game mode and the ability to join players regardless of the device they use. Of course, mobile players will not have the same capabilities as PC players, but they can fight hand in hand with common enemies. Players can choose an avatar and a hero with particular skills and login to the battle area to fight!
We have created a fantasy environment, with ruins, columns, statues, and torches. Our main opponent is a big fire-breathing dragon and his minions – smaller flying creatures. In different places in the arena, there are spawn places where new players appear to help their friends in this epic battle. It’s amazing!
We have prepared a multi-person VR application using the Unity 3d engine, with an emphasis on multiplayer. Graphic work has been done in 3ds. Max.