Fast Travel Games revealed today that debut title Apex Construct, an action/adventure game built exclusively for VR, will be available for PlayStation VR on Feb 20, 2018, while players on Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE and Windows Mixed Reality will be able to immerse themselves on March 20, 2018. Apex Construct is set in a shattered future where merciless robots prowl the world as a result of mankind’s reckless experiments. As the last human alive, players will need to explore this world to uncover its secrets while defending themselves from the synthetic creatures, utilizing an upgradable bow, arrow & shield setup. Progressing through the adventure, players will gradually reveal what actually happened to the world they once knew – and what their role is in the drawn out conflict between two powerful AIs.
“One of the stated missions for us at Fast Travel Games is to make VR games that last, and Apex Construct is created to really deliver a lasting experience,” Erik Odeldahl, Creative Director, points out. “In addition to completing the main campaign, which should last around 5 hours and take you to places like pre-apocalyptic research stations, underground caves and parts of an old city, Apex Construct is filled with hidden areas to explore – and the more you explore, the more you understand about the world and the story. We call it ‘Exploration Driven Narrative’ and believe it really rewards players who take their time with the game.”
An integral part of Apex Construct is the ‘Safe House’ from which any mission can be replayed, allowing players to find items or areas they might have missed when completing a mission the first time. This is also where Radiance Points, gained after killing enemies or finding secrets, can be spent to upgrade the equipment. Erik Odeldahl elaborates: “We created the upgrade system to incentivize exploration, but also to allow players to find their own style of play: Do they spend their Radiance Points to improve the bow, the arrows, or will they embrace a more defensive approach and choose to upgrade the shield? Radiance Points are also used to acquire items like grenades or health drinks, which adds a level of strategic thinking – should players spend them on short or long term gains?”
Fast Travel Games has also presented additional information about the control mechanics in the game, which now feature an option to play using direct movement and smooth rotation. Oskar Burman, CEO and co-founder of Fast Travel Games, explains this decision: “Every player should have a choice to define their own experience. Following our announcement of the game, we have been gathering feedback from VR players across the world. It became clear to us that many players want to be able to move freely in a world as inviting as the one we have created in Apex Construct. In addition to teleportation movement, we are now adding options to play the game with direct movement and smooth rotation, using motion controllers. These options will be available in the game at launch, for all platforms.”
Founded in 2016, Fast Travel Games have recently closed a $2.1 million Series A funding round to support the launch of Apex Construct, bringing their total funding to date to $2.9 million. The company’s founders come from a diverse background of major industry players including Rovio, DICE and EA, and they have since hired talent with extensive experience at additional notable games companies like Bandai Namco and Guerilla Games.