We’ve known as it a cross between the Battle Faculty from Ender’s Recreation and supreme frisbee. We’ve known as it Last Fantasy X blitzball meets VR. It made two of our Finest VR Video games lists — three, in the event you rely the one I did for CNET earlier than returning to The Verge. It convincingly sticks you right into a robotic physique inhabiting a zero-G area, the place you must use your wrist jets, obstacles, teammates, and even foes to catapult your self to victory. It even grew to become its personal esport.
However now, Echo VR (née Echo Area) is getting killed off by Meta (née Fb). Fb bought its developer Prepared At Daybreak in 2020, after making Echo VR one of many flagship video games for the Meta Quest (née Oculus Quest) and Rift S launch. Meta won’t offer any refunds on in-app purchases, in-game foreign money, or DLC.
In a weblog publish that purports to be “open and communicative,” Prepared At Daybreak says the reason being… effectively, it’s truly not offering any good causes! “Under no circumstances was this determination made flippantly. Nevertheless it was made for a lot of good causes and chief amongst them is the studio coming collectively to give attention to our subsequent mission.”
That’s it. That, and the power to maintain taking part in it (and its FPS counterpart Echo Fight) till August 1st, 2023 at 10AM PT, once they’ll be shutting down the servers for good. It’s additionally unlocking a bunch of the in-game rewards in the event you play a match.
It would by no means be clear to me why corporations shut down their completely good video games as a result of they’ve determined they will now not “assist” them. In the event that they’re good, preserve them round! There are far worse issues that Meta retains pumping cash into.
I’ll admit I didn’t play as a lot Echo VR as I would really like, as a result of I by no means might persuade my mates to purchase VR headsets and play VR video games, and I didn’t take pleasure in taking part in this superb team-based sport with the foul-mouthed children I normally discovered there. The foul-mouthed child phenomenon isn’t distinctive to Echo VR, although, both.
I’ll see you in zero-G on August 1st, I suppose? And bear in mind: the enemy’s gate is down.