Everything you need to know about RIGS.
RIGS: Mechanized Combat League
RIGS: Mechanized Combat League is an upcoming science fiction sports simulation and shooter that will be coming to the PlayStation VR using that device’s headset as well as the Dual Shock 4 controller. The game doesn’t have an official release date just yet but it is expected to have the same launch date as the PlayStation VR device and is considered a launch title. The headset and the game are expected to be available in a number of different regions in the late spring or early summer of 2016.
The game is being developed by Guerrilla Cambridge (formerly known as SCE Cambridge Studio) and will be published to the PlayStation VR by Sony. This virtual reality game will be the first game this developer has put out since it developed Killzone: Mercenary for the PS Vita back in 2013. This will be just the second game since the company got it’s new name. Under it’s former name, the company has developed a number of different games for Sony’s PlayStation platforms. The first game the company produced was Beast Wars: Transformers for the PlayStation back in 1997. The firm is likely best known for putting together the original LittleBigPlanet for the PSP. RIGS: Mechanized Combat League is the first time the company has put out a game for the current generation console.
RIGS: Mechanized Combat League was first announced at E3 2015 with a reveal trailer as well as a number of screenshots in order to show people what this game is about. The game was one of the first PlayStation VR games to be unveiled and confirmed as a launch title for the virtual reality device. After the initial reveal, Guerrilla unveiled and showed off a bit more of the game at Paris Games Week and PAX. The company allowed a playable demo for the game at PAX 2015. Along with the further reveal at PAX, the developers posted a couple of videos online where they were talking about the development of the game.
The game does not have an official release date but it is expected to be a PlayStation VR launch title and will arrive sometime in 2016. Neither the game nor the headset have a release date but both are expected to be hitting store shelves in the first half of 2016.
Set in 2065, and played out in arena’s around the world, RIGS is the sport of the future. Take control of giant mechanical RIGS and go head to head with players around the world in this PlayStation VR exclusive. The competitions take place in a world where players pilot giant, mechanized athletic fighting machines known as RIGS. These challengers, and their teams, will compete in stunning, purpose-built RIGS Arenas located in major cities all around the world. The competitions are actually part of a kind of professional sporting league. Massive tournaments feature these RIGS facing off against each other, racing to certain spots in the arenas while also serving as a kind of barricade against their opponents by shoving them off the map or shooting them enough times that they actually explode.
While there isn’t a great deal of story known, like the names of the player or how the sport came to be, it doesn’t appear there are a great deal of rules as to how the contest is won once the competitors get into the arena.
According to the developer RIGS is built to deliver a deep and engaging experience on PlayStation VR. The game has multiple modes and a selection of what are known as hero RIGS to choose from. Part of the strategy of playing in the different arenas and different mechs, players will be able to adapt their approach to fit their personal play-style and team’s tactics. The game features Competitive 3v3 Arena-based FPS with fast-paced and action oriented gameplay. In addition to using the PlayStation VR in order to see the world unfold in front of the, the game utilizes DualShock 4 controller. The players head actually serves as one of the joysticks on the DualShock controller. This means players will need to jerk their heads left and right to make tight turns, as well as track moving opponents.
When it comes to the actual vehicles that are featured in the game, players drive Mechs with different archetypes. Different mechs have different appearances, weapons, abilities, speed, armor and other stats. Players will be able to play with other people online and they will actually form teams in the online multiplayer mode. There are specific tournaments that are laid out to compete in for rewards. In addition to the online multiplayer mode, there is also a single player mode which the developers say will push your skills to the limit against fierce AI competition.
The career mode will allow you to rack up stats and includes a kind of progression for the player’s character. Progressing in this single player more will grant users access to new and more powerful RIGS that can be used online in the larger multiplayer mode. In both the single player and multiplayer mode there are a number of games that can be played in order to gain in-game fame and fortune. There are multiple arenas and modes, the developers have said RIGS is packed with variety. Each arena has its own challenges and require a different tactical approach that will be needed for each game mode there will also be different levels of cooperation between the team members.
At it’s essence, the game reminds of a robotic basketball game where the mechs are both the players and the basketballs. Players need to jump through the net when the time is right and users will score points. Reach a certain number of points and the game is won.
Characters in the game are not specifically named or unveiled at this point in the development process. The talk of teams seems to hint that you might learn the names of your teammates but this has not been confirmed. There isn’t a story mode to speak of, so there aren’t specific characters that players have to go into battle against.
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game