It’s been a long time coming, but Echo VR is finally available on the Oculus Quest for everyone to try. During the open beta, Echo VR is available for free to all Oculus Quest players. Simply head to the Oculus Store and download the beta, or find the listing link here to view it on your PC or phone. Oculus Quest players will be able to play with all their Oculus Rift friends without restriction although, at this time, Echo Combat isn’t available on the Oculus Quest.
Echo VR was formerly known as Echo Arena and seemingly takes some heavy inspiration from the Ender’s Game series of books, specifically the zero-gravity battle arenas found in Battle School. Just as you might have imagined if you read the first book, the zero-gravity arenas in Echo VR starts players at opposite ends of a long, cylindrical-shaped arena that features several obstacles along the way.
These floating obstacles, often in the shape of pyramids or cubes, help give players a place to grab onto and fling themselves toward the opposite end of the arena, or toward other players, in an effort to grab the disc that’s floating around. Players must get this disc to the goal on the other end of the arena to score, but watch out, because other players are out for the disc and can knock you out cold to get it.
Echo VR puts players in a uniquely zero-gravity situation that feels incredibly immersive in VR. You’ll be grabbing surfaces and realistically throwing yourself toward other players and surfaces, with some wrist-mounted jetpacks to help guide you along the way. Echo VR is developed by the incredible team at Ready At Dawn Studios, famous for games like The Order: 1886 on the PlayStation 4, as well as VR hits like Lone Echo. Echo VR is the obviously-titled spinoff that utilizes some of the impressive zero-g mechanics found in Lone Echo, but is a multiplayer-fueled adventure. You can team up with friends and challenge other players, or use bots on the opposing team for practice.
Ready At Dawn Studios plans to run the open beta for some time before the planned final release and encourages players to submit bug reports whenever they come across them. If you’ve never played an Echo game on the Oculus Rift, know that you’re in for a real treat when it comes to environmental interaction, movement, and realistic physics. But be warned, you’ll need some serious space in your area, and you may just want to ensure you won’t accidentally fall into something if the zero-gravity hijinx get the best of your brain.