Independent developer I-Illusions is working hard on making its hugely popular and critically acclaimed VR room-scale wave shooter, Space Pirate Trainer, a Windows Mixed Reality launch day game. Space Pirate Trainer is like the Space Invaders of modern VR as it’s deceptively simple-looking yet very addictive, a launch game for modern VR (albeit an Early Access version back then) and many people’s first game they played in VR. In fact it was the first modern VR game I played and helped convince me to buy a VR system sooner rather than later. The above trailer is another one recorded in such a way as to show what it’s like to be in VR. This method is actually called mixed reality, but don’t confuse that with Windows Mixed Reality, I didn’t mention the term in earlier articles just so that it didn’t confuse people.
You can read more about Space Pirate Trainer in the following description taken from the game’s Steam page and watch more of it in action in another trailer below that, this time showing the player’s perspective. Please note that the trailer is from a beta version:
Space Pirate Trainer
ABOUT THIS GAME
Remember those awesome classic arcade cabinets? Imagine if those were immersive… Space Pirate Trainer puts you in one of those; fighting off relentless waves of droids with all the weapons and gadgets you would ever need as a Space Pirate. You better dodge some of those incoming lasers though, since just using your shields won’t get you in the top rankings. Pick up your blasters, put on your sneakers, and dance your way into the Space Pirate Trainer hall of fame.
Space Pirate Trainer is the official trainer for wannabe space pirates in VR. Launched as one of the first titles for SteamVR/HTC Vive and Oculus touch, space pirate trainer has been under continuous development on a mission to refine its gameplay and improve the overall experience. It has been widely used as one of the go-to demos for VR.
No real droids where harmed during the creation of this game.
Use your straps and stay in your VR area to make sure no humans will be harmed.
Having played and now bought the game myself I can definitely recommend it. In fact it has recently had a big update for its launch so it’ll be even better and I’m looking forward to playing the launch version.
If you’re getting a Windows Mixed Reality VR HMD will Space Pirate Trainer be your first or one of your first VR games (if it’s ready)? Have you played it on another VR system already and if so what did you think? Let us know in the comments below or create a discussion in our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR Games forum.