“A soaring example” of VR as gaming’s future: CCP launches two Oculus Rift titles

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Games house CCP Games has announced the launch of EVE: Valkyrie and Gunjack, both aimed at the VR markets for the Oculus Rift platform on PC.

Both games were specifically developed for VR, with Valkyrie as a multiplayer dogfighting shooter while Gunjack is a VR arcade shooter.

EVE: Valkyrie is an award-winning game built from ground up for virtual reality. It allows players to take on the role of a spaceship pilot in the middle of combat. The game has already won rave reviews from Wired.com, Bloomberg and USA Today. It was developed by CCP's Newcastle studio and is being shipped as one of two free games with pre-orders of Oculus Rift. The EVE: Valkyrie Founder's Pack is also available for $59.99 from the Oculus Store. In October 2016, it will launch with the PlayStation 4's VR headset.

Gunjack, developed by CCP's Shanghai studio, allows players to take on the role of a gun turret operator on a future space mining vessel, protecting the rig from threats such as pirates. It has been the top-seller on the Samsung Gear VR since it was launched. The PC platform debut features improved audio experience, higher-resolution graphics and enhanced models, textures, effects, leader-boards and achievements. It is priced at $9.99 and will launch for the PlayStation VR and HTC Vive VR headsets later in 2016.

Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP Games, said: "This is just the beginning of our plans for virtual reality. Our goal has always been to create the most immersive virtual worlds, and VR now gives us a powerful new tool to achieve that."

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