Belgian 3D animation and VR studio Cyborn has finally revealed the launch date of one of the most exciting virtual reality action-adventure experiences out there—one that doesn’t just talk about “pushing the genre forward,” but a game that has. already proven it absolutely walks the walk.
hubris, a sci-fi story that debuted with a great demo at Gamescom 2022, will launch on a range of desktop VR platforms on December 7th, retailing at $39.99 (€39.99 / £39.99). In addition, it was slated for release on Meta Quest 2, PlayStation VR2, and a handful of other unannounced platforms sometime in 2023.
Cyborn’s debut transforms you into a rookie agent of the militaristic and secretive Order of Objectivity who undergoes training before being tasked with finding a teammate on the Twin Planet system, which is in the process of being terraformed. This beautiful but dangerous alien environment was carefully designed to push human movement to the next level—and having played it in Cologne this August, I can confidently say it’s the most ambitiously physical VR game I’ve ever played.
hubris heavily leaned research to take a holistic approach to natural body movements, with Cyborn specifically designing the game from the ground up to make its environments as engaging as possible.
Unlike the incredible Half-Life: Alyxwhich used the tried and tested blink teleportation mechanic for movement, hubris allows you to travel based on arm movement – something that has been further tweaked to allow you to climb, swim and jump, all without the textbook motion sickness that many other games have delivered in their attempts to do the same.
hubris‘combat also feels incredibly natural, to the point where you feel completely guilty for missing your target. While the demo only showed training dummies and low-level, blob-like alien lifeforms, the wider game promises a diverse mix of wild animals, as well as humanoid and mechanized enemies, each requiring different tactics to defeat them.
However, hubris‘ true strength lies in the beauty of its surroundings. Whether you’re in the cramped corridors of a spaceship or at the top of a cliff on a serene planet, you can find yourself distracted just by looking at your surroundings.
“We were blown away by the response we saw at Gamescom, and it’s really exciting to finally be able to lift the lid on the launch of Hubris in just over a month,” said Ives Agemans, CEO and game director at Cyborn. “We know how important it is to make the most of the opportunities that VR provides, and we think so hubris will serve as the next step for the genre, delivering an immersive experience that will push VR platforms forward.”
With just six weeks to go, Cyborn may quietly usher in a new standard for VR gaming – and given the tentative, early 2023 release date for PSVR2, there’s every chance we could see. hubris being a very welcome and popular single game for Sony’s upcoming day one set.