Indie game VR studio FunnerSoft announced that their strategic VR action game, PlanTechtor, launched on Steam (Windows PC – Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality).
PlanTechtor is the brainchild of former ArenaNet developer Lester Bloom. Now a full-time indie developer, Bloom enlisted the help of great friend and Guild Wars 2 design director Isaiah Cartwright – and over the past two years, the pair have been hard at work crafting a highly strategic take on the VR wave shooter.
PlanTechtor thrusts players face to face with an invading army of alien and robot invaders tasking them to design a plan to outwit and overcome the waves of assaulting enemies. From a tactical pre-game phase – which involves analysing hints about the incoming forces and devising a plan accordingly – players move into an action-packed wave shooter in full, immersive VR. Fast reflexes, quick decision-making, and expert skill will be required to overcome each stage.
Wrapping up the action is a striking aesthetic that combines colourful cartoon visuals with a raucous heavy metal soundtrack.
Creator and developer Lester Bloom said: “PlanTechtor has been my passion project for more than two years. There was a specific game I needed to play – a VR game that fused meaningful strategy with intense action and shooting mechanics. I couldn’t find it, and so I had to make it. I can’t wait to share my dream with you. I hope you have as much fun with PlanTechtor as I have been!”
Designer Isaiah Cartwright added: “When I played Lester’s original prototype, I was surprised how much depth there was to the game. A lot of VR games are very pretty tech demos, and I was happy Lester was making something with more depth of play. So I couldn’t wait to get involved!”
PlanTechtor released via Steam for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality.
Design endless weapon loadouts. Create a plan to exploit the level. Then put it to the test against an invading army of alien-robot invaders. Intense VR action meets deep strategic planning in PlanTechtor! In PlanTechtor, you must design a plan that lets you exploit the level and overcome waves of invading enemies. Each quest provides hints about the invading forces, and weapons are given unique bonuses. Design the best weapon loadouts possible to take advantage of the bonuses and to conquer the invaders. Once you are confident in your plan, you can commit to the challenge. Gameplay is intense VR action, with waves of invading alien-robot forces attempting to destroy your castle. You’ll need to employ fast reflexes, quick decision-making, and expert skill to emerge victorious. With various unlockable skills and over 50 levels, PlanTechtor is a deeply strategic game that combines elements of CCGs and ARPGs with high-octane VR action.