A Hearthstone-Like Card Game, Dragon Front, Built for VR
Virtual reality is usually about transporting you to a new world and making you feel like you are really there. In the industry language, it’s an involvement element, which is known as “presence”. This element makes virtual reality feel like magic. A new virtual reality game being created for the Oculus Rift, Dragon Front, is energizing to see.
Dragon Front is a similar game compared to popular collectible card games just like Blizzard’s Hearthstone, where you draw playing cards from the virtual deck to fight another opponent in strategic combat. The thing that makes Dragon Front different from the other games is its battlefield. Its battlefield ground is designed for virtual reality. This game takes you in a 360-degree environment where every card that you play is turned into a real battle animation or spawns a virtual fighter animation that defends your fortress. The more devoted collectible card playing game players may see the similarities with the holographic dual disk technology that comes from Yu-Gi-Oh series that gives life to the monsters in the virtual battlefield.
Play and Imagine Creatures in Dragon Front
Instead of making you feel that you really exist on the battlefield, Dragon Front is trying to give the experience of being with a friend in a room over a real-life table-top game. This makes Dragon Front unique for the virtual reality gaming world because the developer of the game High Voltage is not trying to trick your brain into thinking that what is happening is real. So virtual reality, in this case, is not being used to conjure up an entirely new world but it is being used to replicate something real and familiar. So wearing the Oculus Rift is something like bringing the kind of technology to life that we have seen in movies, like Star Wars, where have we seen the holographic chess game on the Millennium Falcon. We may not be able to bring fantasy battlefields and the imaginary creatures to life in real life on our tables yet, but we have come close to that feeling by using virtual reality technology.
The release date of Dragon Fort has not been set yet, but the game has come out already fully fleshed as a card game developed on paper from its beginnings. You are able to look around and chose the objects in the battlefield by just pressing a button by using the new Oculus Remote, which is a handheld streamlined input device shipping in March with the Rift handset. Because you don’t need a Xbox One controller to control and make moves, there are just a small number of inputs.
After playing tutorial for just a few minutes, you’re able to combat in a real one-on-one fight with another opponent and understand how the game works in virtual reality. Dragon Front is an exciting experience for a card game. You will start to forget that you’re playing a game with a virtual reality headset on after making some moves in this game. The competition seems to feel natural, like a real and physical table-top experience while the Rift becomes as an interference for your game.
To amplify that sensation, Dragon Fort has a couple of funny flukes. As for one, your opponent’s face shows up as a ubiquitous moving mask above his fortress, and this will mirror the direction of their facial expressions and gaze just like real life so that you will feel like you are sitting in front of the person across the table. Dragon Fort also features voice chat, which means you can talk to your opponent during the battle.
Dragon Front may not be the most impressive virtual reality game out there in the market or one that you should try to convince your parents for that technology. But this is a unique and new virtual reality approach. Headsets like the Oculus Rift are becoming a common way to play a number of games and not just a first person experience. As this trend continues, there are sure to be many more games that adopt this approach.