Teased during the pre-show for Sony’s main E3 presentation
alongside Superhot VR, Sparc is now
confirmed to be launching exclusively on PSVR ‘first’ in Q3
2017. The sports game was originally expected to arrive this
year on multiple VR platforms.
Developers CCP Games, famous for the persistent MMORPG Eve
Online, have been at the forefront of VR development for
several years, creating the successful VR spin-off titles
Eve: Valkyrie and Gunjack. Sparc is the
company’s first non-Eve universe title, being presented as an
entirely separate, VR sports game.
Once known as Project Arena, the game is the result of
early experimentation with VR motion control from CCP’s Atlanta
The prototype was already in very impressive shape during my
hands-on at Eve Fanfest 2016; its particular style of
energetic action combined with spectator features struck me as
a great candidate for a true VR sports game.
When the project reemerged as Sparc, it had embraced the
sports angle in its design aesthetic, with more tangible ball
projectiles rather than discs, and the robotic avatars had
received an athletic makeover. Now that the game is nearing
launch, CCP is pushing this angle further, coining the term
‘vSport’, and claiming to be the ‘first-of-its-kind, full-body
The spectator feature has been retained,…