For the past month, a handful of lucky virtual reality (VR) fans and enthusiasts have been testing out the latest entry in CCP Games popular EVE universe, EVE: Valkyrie. The developer selected a group of people with a second development kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and a PC powerful enough to run the title in order to take part in an Alpha testing stage ahead of launch. With that launch now nearing, however, CCP Games has announced the closure date for the EVE: Valkyrie Alpha.
The testing phase will be coming to a close on 12th March 2016 at 18:00 UTC. For those taking part, an official Q&A thread about the closure has been set up. That gives fans just a few more days to get some time in with the title, and leaves a 16 day gap between the Alpha and the official launch of the title alongside the Oculus Rift’s consumer version on 28th March 2016. Of course, those that have pre-ordered their HMD already will be getting a free copy of the title when it arrives, though it’s not yet clear how much it will cost for those that pick up a unit once pre-orders have closed.
EVE: Valkyrie lets players climb in to iconic ships from the EVE Online universe and take part in intense multiplayer battles in VR. First announced in 2013, the title is to be co-published by Oculus VR itself on PC, though will also be coming to PlayStation 4 with support for the PlayStation VR HMD later down the line. The title has become something of a poster child for VR over the past few years, and joins Playful’s Lucky’s Tale as one of the two free videogames on offer for the launch of the Oculus Rift.
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