2016 is shaping up to be a big year for virtual reality, and Ubisoft has just announced its first major foray into the world of headset-enhanced gaming. Eagle Flight, unveiled during PlayStation Experience 2015 in San Francisco, gives players the chance to soar freely through an abandoned Paris as eagles, moving their heads to steer as they swoop through alleyways and dogfight with avian enemies.
We were hugely impressed with Eagle Flight when we tried out the early demo at E3 2015. Piloting our eagle avatars was as easy as looking where we wanted to go, and the experience of plunging into a nosedive between buildings and then pulling up into the sky delivered an exhilarating sense of speed and freedom. Testing our new skills against each other in quick multiplayer matches only heightened that feeling, and it’s a huge thrill to weave your way between buildings at high speeds when you know there’s an enemy following right behind you.
Those aerial skirmishes were just a snippet of what’s coming in 2016, however. Set 50 years after humanity’s complete disappearance from Earth, Eagle Flight will feature a single-player experience with diverse missions and collectibles to uncover, as well as multiplayer modes for up to six players. Due to launch in 2016, Eagle Flight will be available for PlayStation VR on PS4, and for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on PC.
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