Remember all those classic light gun arcade games? Back in the ’80s, home consoles weren’t able to recreate the arcade cabinet feeling, despite trying their best. Modern hardware has long since surpassed the technology of these days, however, especially in the realm of VR. As such, it’s a pleasure to see one of the greats, Operation Wolf, making a comeback.
Developed by Virtuallyz Gaming, Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission VR is coming VR this summer. A non-VR version is also in production, and will arrive later this year.
In its solo VR campaign, players will fight as a special agent waging war against a new criminal organisation. In addition to arms and drug trafficking, the organisation, led by the mysterious General Viper, has developed a powerful new weapon. Your first mission will be to locate bases of operation. If successful, you will be sent to dismantle the organisation, destroy the weapon and free the hostages held captive in surrounding camps.
Operation Wolf: Arcade to VR
Developed and published by TAITO in 1987, the arcade game Operation Wolf left a mark for a whole generation of gamers. It was on one of the first games to offer side-scrolling rail shooting action. According to Virtuallyz Gaming Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission VR will remain faithful to the spirit of the original game, while premiering a new artistic direction.
The solo campaign will feature six levels. In addition, a survival mode is set to be included. Here, players will go up against endless waves of enemies in the classic tradition of aiming for a high score.
Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission VR will launch on 22nd June, 2023. The game will launch on Meta Quest 2, PlayStation VR 2 and Pico 4. The non-VR version of the game will follow in the autumn. This will be a digital only launch on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. A physical edition will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch alongside the digital version.
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