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Sparc, the Fast-Paced Virtual Sport from CCP, Launches on PS VR August 29

The fast-paced virtual sport from CCP Games launches later this year. Protip: wear your wrist straps.

Morgan Godat's Avatar Posted by Executive Producer, CCP Games Atlanta

Here at CCP Games’ Atlanta studio, it gives us great pleasure to announce that Sparc – our energetic, competitive virtual reality game – will be coming to PlayStation VR on Tuesday, August 29 for $29.99.

With the release coming up, we wanted to share some recent developments.

Background to Sparc

 

Sparc is a virtual sport – a unique full-body experience only possible in virtual reality, where your VR equipment is your sports gear. The game play is fast-paced and physical. Players use their two PlayStation Move motion controllers to throw projectiles across the court at their opponent*, while also dodging, blocking or deflecting incoming shots.

*Always wear your wrist straps**.

**Seriously, put them on. Your television will thank you.

Sparc impresses at E3 2017

 

We had a fantastic time showing Sparc at E3 at the PlayStation booth. We released a new trailer and Thomas, our Community Lead, had a great interview recorded live. We’re always excited to see how players and press respond to Sparc’s gameplay and we’ve been given a lot of positive feedback, which is a continuing inspiration for us as we wrap up development.

Developing Sparc for PlayStation VR

 

Working on a multiplayer competitive VR game has been an inspiring challenge for us and we’ve been busy developing the experience for PS VR. We’ve been focused on delivering solid throw and deflect mechanics to enable physical gameplay that is intuitive up front while allowing for some compelling exhibitions of skill and personality.

Each mechanic on its own needs to be fairly simple and “just work” because once a match gets rolling, things can quickly get intense. Tracking both projectiles in the court, timing your deflections and throws to put pressure on your opponent, all the while making split second dodges as your last line of defence. We can’t wait to see what tactics the players come up with during their matches.

Gamescom and Launch

 

We’re looking forward to showing off some more features at Gamescom in August just before launch.

With character customization, players will have a range of options available to design the look of their avatar. From the cut of their compression suit to the headgear they wear, the look of their “Gloves”, and the colors of pretty much everything, we think players will be able to achieve some very interesting styles.

We’ll also be demoing Sparc’s single-player challenges, a series of timed events that test throwing and deflection accuracy in an environment designed to improve skills and help prepare players for human opponents. Learning how best to ricochet a ball off multiple walls while maintaining accuracy is a valuable skill in competitive play and our challenges have been designed to help teach those fundamentals.

Virtual sport. Real competition.

We’re excited to see how PS VR players develop and refine their skills once they get their hands on (and head in) our vSport. Grab your gear and we’ll see you Courtside!

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WrekGar said:

July 26th, 7:26 am

I am really looking forward to this. Was wishing for more multiplayer VR titles to come out so I can play with/challenge my friends. Will be keeping my eye on this as it nears to launch.

the_FREELANCER said:

July 26th, 8:55 am

Looks like a lot of fun! Will we be seeing PS4 Pro enhancements?

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    Morgan Godat said:

    July 26th, 12:56 pm

    Sparc delivers a unified experience across PS4 and PS4 Pro; PS4 Pro owners will not have a gameplay advantage over PS4 owners, however they will benefit from a slight increase in visual fidelity.

ColdIron-v13 said:

July 26th, 8:56 pm

Ive been wanting more “sports” games for the VR after RIGS. Hope more people get on it although It has been a while since I played RIGS so the community might have grown.

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    Morgan Godat said:

    July 27th, 10:39 am

    We can’t wait for the community to get their hands on Sparc too!

    At this point in time, we will not have any more Beta tests for Sparc before the PSVR launch.

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