X8, a 5v5 multiplayer shooter from Thirdverse, arrives today in Early Access on Steam for PC VR and App Lab for Quest.
Note: This article was first published on May 4. It was updated and republished with a new headline, lede and minor edits to reflect the game's release.
Available as a free-to-play title on both platforms, X8 features teams of five fighting against each other, with a "diverse cast of heroes" to choose from. Each hero will have three special abilities and hero-specific items to experiment with, offering unique "strategical advantages." Here's more on X8, directly from Thirdverse:
Players can build an extensive loadout of weapons, armor and items to equip their heroes during each round and use the funds they earn to purchase more armaments. The objective is to deploy ‘The Syphon’ at specific sites on the map during an attack or deactivate it within 30 seconds using ‘The Defuser’ during defense. The team that eliminates all attackers or disrupts the deployment process determines the round's winners. Lasting 14 rounds, a play session draw occurs at 7/7 or the first to 8 (subject to change) are victorious.
Yesterday, Thirdverse shared a showcase on YouTube featuring more information about the game's inspiration and content roadmap. It also confirmed details about an upcoming X8 esports tournament with Virtual Athletics League, which offers a $10,000 prize.