VR combat racing zooms onto Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

VR combat racing

Another day, another VR game announcement. This time it’s a VR combat racing title. Tastee Beverage Studios yesterday broke news of Bank Limit: Advanced Battle Racing. “The multiplatform title that pushes the limits of fantasy racing,” says the studio release.

VR combat racing
A death race at 405mph through an asteroid belt? Sign us up

Bank Limit will launch on Steam for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows PC on August 16. Each copy of the VR combat racing game will unlock play for all three platforms, so players can choose whichever hardware they prefer.

In development by a small team for over two years and built using Unity 5, the combat magnet racer features immersive VR graphics and blinding speed. Bank Limit ABR features intense pack racing at Mach 10 speeds, cross-platform multiplayer, 20 gravity-defying tracks, three battle arenas for deathmatches, hyperspeed race cars capable of short flights under control and deadly vehicular battles via head-controlled weaponry. We’re thinking Wipeout meets Twisted Metal.

VR combat racing
We don’t know if these deadly vehicles are futuristic proper or retro futuristic. What we do know is that they will Destroy. Everything

Initially announced for Oculus Rift, the game has expanded onto Vive and Windows PC so Vive players can race and even non-VR gamers can join the fray with conventional PC graphics.

Bank Limit: ABR puts players in futuristic (not sure if really futuristic or retro futuristic) race cars that can hit ludicrous speeds while dealing punishment to rivals via head-aimed lasers and missiles. The ability to look in any direction via head tracking to aim weapons, navigate upcoming turns or check status via in-car gauges makes driving and flying the ABR vehicles “especially intuitive on VR platforms, allowing players to focus on winning the race and destroying rivals”. We’re not too sure about that. It sounds like a neck sprain waiting to happen, particularly given the Mach 10 pace of things happening around you.

Cross-platform

The VR combat racing game supports most controllers, including Vive controllers, Touch by Oculus (when available), the Steam Controller, Windows gamepads and keyboard/mouse.

Beyond the VR immersion, Bank Limit: ABR is all about classic combat racing with a twist. Players will mash the accelerator and blast away at rivals to reach the finish line first — even if it means they have to soar above the track to gain an advantage. Souped up with advanced tech, the ABR vehicles are capable of flight and players can blast into space for intervals of dogfighting. The game includes single player and multiplayer modes and 20 tracks set in three different worlds for racing combat with up to 25 cars on the track at once. Three battle arenas are also provided for vehicular FPS combat against up to three other human players and 100 AI drone ships. Up to four human players can join in cross-platform multiplayer racing, so Rift, Vive and non-VR PC players will all be able to race and battle together.

Bank Limit: Advanced Battle Racing will be available on Steam for $49.99 (Dh184) at launch. For more information, visit Banklimit.com

Check out the 16-second teaser below:

This is the second Oculus launch this week.