Racket: NX Released on STEAM® Early Access for HTC Vive

International TV powerhouse, come gaming publisher Keshet International Gaming (KIG), award winning audio developer Waves and boutique gaming studio OneHamsa, announces today that its hotly anticipated VR game Racket: Nx Early Access 1 has been released on STEAM® for the HTC Vive.

Inspired by the classic arcade game Arkanoid, as well as pinball and racquetball, Racket: Nx is a game of skill, which tests even the most adept sports player’s spatial awareness, and challenges their motor control and reflexes to the max. Unlike some novelty games available to early adapters of VR, Racket: Nx fully exploits the VR platform to enhance gameplay.

The team behind Racket: Nx intend to make the energetic and addictive game the first global VR Sport by making the physics so tight and precise that it encourage players to continuously improve their form. The game’s three partners (KIG, Waves and OneHamsa) have invested highly in audio-visuals and features, which add drama to bring about a nail-biting competition.

Racket: Nx Early Access 1 is the first of three Early Access updates planned for release on STEAM® in 2017. The new features include:

  • Single-Player mode
  • Competitive Multiplayer mode
  • Arcade mode (previously known as Training)

Gameplay, visual and auditory improvements on the original Each Early Access update will continue to expand the game with new features such as ranked play, replay options, spectator mode, level editing and sharing functions. It will also be routinely updated with gameplay tweaks and bug fixes. The full game will be released at the end of 2017.

Racket: Nx Early Access 1 will be priced at $19.99.

Ziv Rabinovich, Head of KI Gaming & Interactive, said: “We simply couldn’t have a better opening shot for KIG than Racket: Nx. The game is a true representation of what we’re here to do; launch games that are of true value for gamers. In an era where VR is still a buzzword often misused to promote flat experiences, it’s extremely important to develop and publish high-end games that take the VR platform to the next level, making it about the gameplay. I am certain that Racket: Nx will later be referred to as one of the establishing blocks of competitive vSports.”

Tomer Elbaz, EVP & General Manager, Consumer Electronics Division, Waves Audio adds, “Racket: Nx is a very compelling and beautifully executed VR experience. It is the first game that implements our ground breaking Waves Nx – Virtual Reality Audio technology that creates hyper-realistic audio scene in which users can get totally immersed, it really elevates any VR experience to the next level.”

Author: Mark Smith
I've been an avid gamer since I stumbled upon ZORK running in my local Radio Shack in 1980. Ten years later I was working for Sierra Online. Since then I've owned nearly every game system and most of the games to go with them. Not sure if 40+ years of gaming qualifies me to write reviews, but I do it anyway.

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