Independent VR developer Carbon Studio’s impressive and award-winning spellcasting action adventure game, The Wizards, has left Early Access with official Windows Mixed Reality support. It’s available to download from Steam and is normally priced at £14.99 (UK) / €19.99 (EU) / $19.99 (US) but currently has a 10% launch discount so costs £13.49 (UK) / €17.99 (EU) / $17.99 (US) until March 15th.
You can watch the launch trailer for The Wizards above and read more info in the following factsheet:
Developed by Carbon Studio, The Wizards is an award-winning VR spellcaster set in a fantasy world, where the player becomes a sorcerer and cast powerful spells with hand gestures to protect the kingdom from the enemy forces.
The player embarks on a mission to save Meliora, a land ripe with magic and wonders, through time travel and epic battles in beautiful, mysterious locations. The game’s unique casting mechanic puts magic directly in the player’s hands, doing away with pop-up menus, button combinations, and other traditional systems. Each of the six basic spells requires a distinct gesture to be performed; combined with fast-paced combat and environment exploration, the game provides a fun and thrilling experience for any VR enthusiast.
Along exceptional spellcasting mechanic, The Wizards features acclaimed narration and voice acting by Jason Marnocha, single player story campaign and Arena Mode with endless battles. Single player campaign consists of three regions divided into several stages allowing for couple of hours of gameplay. During the game, the player gets a chance to explore locations such as deadly catacombs and oriental desert, as well as fight many various enemies from orcs and goblins to gigantic dragon.
The protagonist is a young wizard traveling in time to protect the Realm of Men from the destructive enemy forces. During the adventure, the player visits different lands and faces varying opponents in a high fantasy world. Spell casting in The Wizards is based on the energy of the four elements, and the key to the victory is adapting your tactics to the flow of the battle.
The game is exclusive to VR and uses all the best the technology has to offer. Players can weave spells with their hands using motion controllers, which provides a completely immersive experience in the magical world. With the powerful Unreal Engine 4, the creators want to build a rich and beautiful fantasy world full of stunning visuals.
The Wizards introduces Fate Cards – gameplay modifiers that can change game difficulty and rules to the player’s liking. Fate Cards increase replayability and accessibility, which makes the game satisfying for both challenge seekers and casual connoisseurs. In the Campaign mode, the player gains access to increasingly powerful spells that require cunning and skills to master.
- Action-adventure VR spellcaster set in a rich fantasy world
- Story campaign featuring time travel, heroic battles, and dragons
- Intuitive and immersive spell casting with hand gestures
- Six element-based spells to learn and upgrade
- High replayability thanks to game-modifying Fate Cards
- Arena mode with challenging battles on the arenas
- Free movement and teleportation-based exploration
Features added on the full release:
- Completed story with new stages and cutscenes
- Master Enchantments for all the spells
- Dynamic lighting from all the spells and improved performance
- New battle arena and a Fate Card
- Steam Achievements
Other features added during Early Access:
- Free movement and free teleportation locomotion
- Shrike’s Desert – new region, spells, and enemies
- Arena Mode – endless battles on two arenas
- NVIDIA VRWorks integration
- Left-handed mode
Six weeks after the early release, Carbon Studio introduced a Free Locomotion Update. This update introduced new ways to explore the world in place of the old scheme, allowing players to choose between free movement and free teleportation to any flat surface in reach. In addition to the new movement types, the update featured new map areas, item pick-ups, and new interactive world elements, crafted to encourage and reward thorough exploration.
In November, Carbon Studio introduced the second major update – Arena Mode. It invited players to assail endless hordes of enemies on two brand new battle arenas and compete with other players on a global leaderboards. Along with brand new levels, Arena Mode introduces new hub, new enemy types, unique Fate Cards and a progress system independent to the campaign.
Fate Cards are modifiers that can change game difficulty and rules to the player’s liking. They increase replayability and accessibility, making the game satisfying for both challenge seekers and casual connoisseurs. Fate Cards modify score multiplier according to the game’s difficulty, allowing ambitious players to reach higher places on the leaderboards.
The Wizards is the second VR game by Carbon Studio from Gliwice, Poland. Game has been released on Steam Early Access on July 28th. Full release came after seven months – on March 8th. The idea behind The Wizards was conceived during VR Funhouse Game Jam, organized by the Epic Games and NVIDIA. During the event, a team from the Carbon Studio created a prototype of a spellcasting game that uses motion controllers. The goal of the game was to defend a land from oncoming hordes of enemies. This basic mechanic, combined with character development and the Fate Cards system, is the core of The Wizards.
Awards & Recognition
- “Best VR Game Award” Casual Connect Asia, 12 May, 2017
- “Best Game Award” RESPAWN at Gamescom, 21 August, 2017
- “Best Game Art Nominee” Casual Connect Asia, 12 May, 2017
- “Best Game Narrative Nominee” Casual Connect Asia, 12 May, 2017
- “Best Gameplay Nominee” Game Access Brno, 6 May, 2017
About Carbon Studio
Carbon Studio is an independent studio creating videogames and apps for PC and mobile platforms, exploring the possibilities of Virtual Reality technology.
Do you want to go on a spellcasting adventure with The Wizards? Have you bought it already or played it during Early Access on another VR system and if so what do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below, or create a discussion in our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR Games forum. You can also write your own review of the game in our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR Game Reviews forum.
Processor: Intel i3-6100 / AMD FX4350 or greater (only Oculus Rift, for Vive see Recomended spec)
Memory: 8 GB
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 960 or greater (only Oculus Rift, for Vive see Recomended spec)
DirectX: Not specified.
Storage: 12 GB available space
Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
Memory: 16 GB
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / GTX 970 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater
DirectX: Not specified.
Storage: 12 GB available space
Source: The Wizards' Steam page