If you hadn’t heard, Space Channel 5 VR is coming. Yes, really. Don’t believe us? This new trailer proves it.
Sega revealed the latest look at its upcoming VR port, developed by Grounding, earlier this month. It’s our best glimpse yet, showcasing improved graphics and announcing a new two-player co-op mode.
The original Space Channel 5 was a rhythm action game in which you performed snazzy moves to fend off an alien invasion. That might seem like a strange fit for a VR game but this trailer remarkably makes some sense of it. We can easily see ourselves throwing out shapes to Ulala’s commands using VR’s position tracking. Heck, it might even be a pretty good workout. It’s like it’s been turned into Just Dance, just with a little Space Invaders thrown into the mix.
We’re not exactly sure how the game’s co-op mode will work. At a guess we’d say it’ll probably need two VR users but it would be cool to see some of the original gameplay mechanics for someone on a standard screen.
Elsewhere this version of the game is going to come with new content. Sega is promising new stories, stages and characters. That’s pretty exciting news for the cult classic series; there hasn’t been any genuinely new Space Channel 5 content since 2002’s Part 2.
We don’t have a release date for Space Channel 5 VR just yet. We do know it’s coming to PSVR and HTC Vive. No word on an Oculus Rift (or, hey, Oculus Quest) release just yet but we’ll let you know.