Hands-on with Ubisoft’s Eagle Flight VR game

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Ubisoft is known for action games featuring a one-man army like Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. Now its upcoming virtual reality game, Eagle Flight, will depart from that formula by giving us a game about eagles flying, and yes, it’s very fun.

During GDC 2016 in San Francisco, I was able to test out the game’s single-player missions and multiplayer matches using the Oculus Rift. The game takes place 50 years after mankind disappeared from Earth. The missions will have you, the eagle, soaring all around Paris. You’ll do the typical stuff like flying through rings, collecting rabbits, and shooting other eagles with the sonic wave attack.

The controls are very intuitive since your head controls your eagle’s movement. Look up to fly up, look left to fly left… you get the picture. To make a sharp turn, simply tilt your head left or right. You’ll be able to go fast or slow and shoot projectiles using the controller. Yes, you will look silly playing this game, but it’s the price you pay when you want to feel like a bird.

The second half of the demo had us competing in a “capture the flag” 2v2 multiplayer match where the flag is replaced by a rabbit. (You can play up to 6 players.) You can prevent the opposing team from capturing the rabbit by hitting them with projectiles and vice versa. It’s an exhilarating feeling as you’re weaving between buildings and underneath trees, trying to escape death from the opposing team. The tip to winning is teamwork. If I had the rabbit, my partner would fly behind me to keep an eye out for the enemy and vice versa.

Eagle Flight will be available in 2016 for the PlayStation VR on PS4, and for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on PC.

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