Anshar Wars 2 is Being Remade for Oculus Quest 2 – VRFocus
OZWE Games’ Anshar Wars 2 was a firm favorite with early adopters of virtual reality (VR), originally released for Samsung Gear VR in 2015, followed by the Oculus Rift a year later. This week the studio teased the first details of his return, with footage of Anshar Wars 2 running on an Oculus Quest 2.
The Swiss studio released the short gameplay video on Reddit, which shows that the title is doing very well and confirming some features and optimizations to the original experience. For example, the Gear VR version had head-based motion controls, so players didn’t need a gamepad to control the spaceship. As you can probably tell from the video, in addition to being confirmed by the studio, Anshar Wars 2 will have a new control scheme to closely navigate all of those asteroid belts.
The team comment explains the change: “On Quest, you control the ship with one hand and aim the missiles with the other while your head is free where you want to go.” It certainly sounds like Anshar Wars 2 better cater to modern VR gear and go for this hand-held toy spaceship approach popularized by titles like YUKI.
Another good news is that the multiplayer feature will also return, so you can fly missions solo or in co-op. There are also still many unanswered questions as to whether OZWE Games is planning to expand the seven-year-old title with new content and since there is already an Oculus Rift version, are crossplay and cross-buy supported?
There is no indication of how long the project has been running or what type of startup window the studio is planning. But it’s great to see one of the first major VR games return and find a brand new audience on Oculus Quest.
The final video game from OZWE Games was the battle race title Death Lap, which appeared on Oculus Quest in 2019. It didn’t quite spark the same magic VRFocus’ Review note: “Death Lap has some great elements and is instantly exciting races where you can throw caution to the wind, drive like a madman, and shoot things. Unfortunately, the whole experience is lacking in finesse and polish. “
As the studio publishes more information about Anshar Wars 2 on Oculus Quest, VRFocus I’ll let you know.