The Echo Combat teaser was released earlier this month, and they also announced that they would be beta testing the Ready at Dawn’s futuristic FPS; the date of which was also announced at that time. Echo Combat’s first open beta started today which runs from 10:30 am PT today until 10:00 am PT on June 24th. Echo Combat is the third entry in Ready At Dawn’s critically acclaimed Echo Universe. it is apparently an all in one kind of a deal.
It combines the competitive adrenaline rush of a really fast-paced shooter with social elements and camaraderie of a classic gameplay. Echo Combat has tapped in a recognizable genre which will help them acquire a broader range of game players along with the critical mass of players. It also comes with technical depth and an incredibly smooth hand-driven locomotion system.
The reviews for the new Echo Combat are all in favor of the game and they all highly praise the new game. Variety magazine wrote, “Echo Combat Adds Firepower to Gravity-Defying Formula”. Other reviews of Echo Combat from VentureBeat, Nerd Reactor, UploadVR are all in positive.
Today Oculus only kicked off the open beta but also they introduced a new Echo VR which is a new name for an expanded experience. Echo VR will bring the users to the shared lobby where the users will be able to match make and launch into the game of their choice either into Echo Arena or Echo Combat. This will take place during the time period for the open beta. Through the Echo VR, the Echo Combat will be available as an in-app purchase for $9.99 USD later this year when the full game finally releases. However, Echo Arena will remain free to play because there is some sort of co-sponsorship between Ready At Dawn and Oculus.