Will CCCP return to VR with a vengeance soon?
CCP Games, the studio that brought us EVE Online, made an unexpected return to VR after almost 2 years last month, with a crushing “championship update” for its competitive sports simulator in virtual reality (VR), Sparc.
Sparc, released in 2017, is a fast-paced VR experience where players try to throw their ball at their opponent to score points while avoiding the blow itself. Players can throw, dodge, block, and dodge in this video game. If we described this sport, I would say that this is a somewhat futuristic version of the bouncer. Based on what we saw and the responses of the players, we would also say that it would not be too far-fetched to suggest that this entertaining idea can be turned into an Olympic sport.
So, a sudden update, what does this mean for CCP? Are they back in VR development? Well, let’s look at it from a commercial point of view. One of the features of the update includes a championship mode that allows players to compete, moreover, it is cross-platform, and even puts you against players of a similar level. Based on the studio recording, players are located in one of five levels (from bronze to legend) and are ranked in the leaderboard against others.
With the growing popularity of eSports (the industry’s capital is expected to exceed $ 1 billion in 2019), the twitch streaming service, and the recent comments by Palmer Lucky (Oculus co-founder) about Rift CV1 and GearVR that over 10 million units were sold, we believe which it is safe to say that there is a significant market for the return of CCP to the virtual reality industry.
As VR hardware technology advances and production costs decline, consumer demand for cheaper headsets will increase. When this happens, as we saw happening with smartphones, the VR industry will reach a boom.
Riding a wave of competitive games and using cross-platform features, CCP can reach a much wider audience than in 2017. You could even say that now is the right time to establish yourself as a major publisher in the VR space, just in time for the inevitable boom. I believe that in the coming months we will hear much more about Sparc and from CCP.
For those interested, Sparc is available for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, offering cross-platform PvP action. Stay up to date with the latest virtual reality news with VRcue.