What is it?
LineWars VR is a new work-in-progress project that I started at the end of 2017. My goal is to port my old LineWars II game to modern Virtual Reality devices, first to Gear VR, then to Oculus Rift (as those are the two VR devices I currently own), and possibly later on to other VR devices as well. It has been almost 25 years since I released LineWars II, and a while (almost 9 years) since I ported it to the Nintendo DS. So, I think it might be time to upgrade it for the virtual reality game environment of today.
I am using the Unity game development platform for my LineWars VR project. As I have not used Unity before, I will need to learn all about working with it while developing my game. However, I am quite familiar with C# programming language, and also with 3D modeling, so at least I don't need to learn everything about game development from scratch. My current plan is to upgrade the graphics to be as immersive and beautiful as I can make them, but still keep a sort of retro feel of the game. I hope to be able to also support multiplayer (as Unity does have support for it), and plan to port all the original missions over.
When will it be released?
Sorry, I don't know yet, as I only just started working on it. It would be nice if I was able to get it released during this year (2018), but I really have no idea yet how long it will take for me to create the game. Below is an image of the very early stages of the game, there is only the background skybox with a planet and a couple of moons, a few asteroids, and an explosion animation. That's pretty much all that I have been able to get done yet. Be sure to check my blog posts for latest news about my progress!
Can I help?
Well, there is at least one thing I could use help with: Voice acting. I plan to change all those text messages from LineWars II (like "Argh, they got me!", "I've taken heavy damage!" and such) to actual radio voice messages, so if you happen to have microphone, feel free to send some audio clips my way! You will certainly get your name mentioned in the credits for LineWars VR, and I'll be sure to provide you with the game itself when it is finished!
The clips could have short voice messages about enemy detection ("Here they come!", "Enemy contact!", etc), friendly fire warning ("Watch where you shoot!", "Check your fire!"), help request ("Can't shake them!", "Need help here!"), victory shout out ("Got him!"), and so on. Also, I plan to have the call signs added to at least some of those messages, like "Cobra 1" to "Cobra 9", "Pirate 1" to "Pirate 9" and "Cruiser 1" to "Cruiser 5", so if you could speak those out as well, that would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!