After 9 months in open alpha on the SideQuest app store, VR FPS, Hyper Dash is getting a full release on the official Oculus store.
The open alpha build of the game was initially made available on the sideloading app store, SideQuest, back in April 2020. The original alpha as well as the full release has cross-play on PC VR headsets.
The game is similar in format to other major VR FPS titles like Solaris: Offworld Combat or RIGS: Mechanized Combat League. It is a 5 v 5 arena combat FPS with dual wielding, rail grinding, and soft body physics. The full release will include four multiplayer modes, an offline option with bots and dedicated servers.
There are customisable options for players including left-hand support and rebind-able controls to voice chat so teams can communicate and an offline bot-mode if you just can’t handle the VR heat.
The game is listed in the Coming Soon section of the Oculus Store and it will release next month on the Quest. Hyper Dash is also scheduled for a Steam launch in Q1 2021 supporting Rift, Valve Index, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality.
SideQuest is quickly turning into a demo delivery service for games looking to get an official release on the Oculus Store. This sort of sideloaded alpha has happened before, Contractors, another multiplayer FPS, blazed a path for Hyper Dash after running a beta that had to be sideloaded last year.
With the unlisted distribution on the Oculus Store update looming and the walled garden nature of the Oculus ecosystem in general, it doesn’t look like SideQuest has a very rosy future. The app store might stick arounds as the only place to pick up some interesting demos or VR experiments, but I don’t think it will merge as a competitor to the official store.