New VR title for SideQuest - Warplanes: WW1 Fighters
A new game for the unofficial Appstore for Oculus Quest headsets, SideQuest, is maybe the most polished title on the store.
Warplanes: WW1 Fighters is a new game developed by Polish studio Home Net Games. They have a history developing games for mobile platforms and now they are taking that experience and developing an arcade shooter for VR.
Unlike many titles on the SideQuest Appstore, this is a full game. A demo is available for the title that lets you play 2 missions and access 6 German planes. When the initial development has finished on the game you can pick it up for $9.99 on Itch.io.
If you buy it, though, you get access to the full Central Powers campaign with more updates promised for the future.
Unlike Microsoft Flight Simulator, this game is controlled entirely through VR touch controls. It plays in a similar fashion to the SteamVR title VTOL. Although the game is far more arcade like than a traditional flight simulator.
SideQuest is an unofficial app store that allows creators the ability to sideload apps on the Quest. This helps developers distribute apps and games without being subject to the official approval process of Facebook’s Oculus team.
SideQuest is often used as an experimental testing ground for developers, after Facebook announced that they would take a more curated approach to the official Oculus app store, many untested and unpolished VR projects were not likely to appear on the Oculus Quest.
This is one of the best looking games to come out of SideQuest and it shows that there are quality, top level developers who want to break into the VR market without bowing down to the heavily regulated Oculus ecosystem. It still looks like they have to find a large audience of VR users and with the relative affordability of the Oculus Quest 2, it is still the best option.