Thirdverse, Inc. has announced the launch date for X8. The multiplayer hero shooter will be available as a free-to-play title in Early Access via App Lab for Meta Quest and Steam later this month. Furthermore, X8 will hold its first esports tournament offering a $10,000 prize with Virtual Athletics League (VAL).
X8 is a 5v5 shooter game. The story pits a diverse cast of heroes from different FPS franchises battle. Each hero has access to three special abilities and their hero-specific items offer situational advantages. Players can build an extensive loadout of weapons, armour and items to equip their heroes during each round and use the funds they earn to purchase more armaments.
The objective is to deploy ‘The Syphon’ at specific sites on the map during an attack. Or if you’re a defender, deactivate it within 30 seconds using ‘The Defuser’. The team that eliminates all attackers or disrupts the deployment process determines the round’s winners. Lasting 14 rounds, a play session draw occurs at 7/7 or the first to 8 (subject to change) are victorious.
X8 eSports Tournament
The upcoming X8 tournament will feature an array of “VR heroes”. They will batte across several different maps using unique weapons, items and abilities. As stated above, a partnership with VAL puts a $10,000 prize on the table.
“We believe that X8 offers a unique VR experience, giving players the chance to build and customise their own heroes before each battle round and bring strategies to life in thrilling team combat. We’re looking forward to how the VR gaming community responds, along with the upcoming esports tournament that we’ll be offering with our partners at VAL,” stated Ohnogi.
X8 Early Access Launch
An X8 closed beta was held earlier this year to get player feedback. According to Thirdverse, this process has been invaluable.
“X8’s launch into Early Access as a free-to-play game is an exciting milestone for our team. Our focus has been ensuring that we’re providing a high quality, action-packed game that’s fun and accessible to all players. After announcing the game last September, we have been actively testing with content creators and have hosted Closed Beta tests twice. We received a tremendous amount of feedback from the community that we’ve implemented into the game,” stated Masaru Ohnogi, Thirdverse CBO and Executive Producer on X8. “We strongly believe that community feedback and support are critical to creating a successful game, and we are now prepared to showcase the game for more public testing.”
X8 has been scheduled for launch on 18th May, 2023. As stated above, the game will be available via both App Lab and Steam. The final release version has been confirmed for Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro.
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