If you have a terrible habit of losing your VR controllers to the bottom of the couch, the new Stellaris spin-off is for you.
The intergalactic adventure Roguelite Ghost Signal: A Game from Stellaris is primed to look like the best VR games by incorporating Hand Tracking 2.0 technology from day one, delivering a truly innovative hands-free experience.
The feature "will allow you to play intuitively without using controllers," says Fast Travel Games Lead Designer Christopher Smith in the trailer (Opens in a new tab). This means we don't have to worry about securing those bracelets while we explore the vastness of space.
In Ghost Signal, you are the captain of a single ship instead of ruling an entire space empire, like in Paradox Interactive's grand strategy game, Stellaris. Piloting the Aurora, you'll travel into the depths of space, tracking a phantom signal while fighting space pirates and monsters.
Hand Tracking 2.0 allows you to interact and operate the game using more complex hand movements. we will be able to explore space with a simple movement of the wrist and access the game menus with our bare hands. While that may sound exciting to many, my ADHD brain isn't expecting a game that could take my restlessness as a cue to attack one of those "creatures as big as planets."
(*2*)Manual controls on Major Tom
According to the press release (opens in a new tab), Hand Tracking 2.0 will allow us to "access menus at the flick of a switch, easily move around the galaxy by dragging space." [you]and strategically aim at an object to interact.
It's certainly a departure from conventional gamepads or keyboard and mouse setups, especially when it comes to the typically frantic nature of a roguelite. But if you're more insecure than excited about a space shooter that puts a lot of power in your potentially shaky hands, you don't have to worry too much.
Those who already own a Meta Quest 2 may already have played games with Hand Tracking 2.0, and the feature will debut on the headset in April 2022. If you haven't already updated your VR headset to the latest version, Hand Tracking 2.0 The Oculus Quest will arrive in early 2023.
From the press release, we know that while Hand Tracking 2.0 is fully compatible with Ghost Signal, there's no mention that it's your only option. This could be good news for those who are pretty attached to our controllers; Thanks a lot.
As cool and futuristic as it sounds to be able to literally crawl through space, the intricate hand gestures supported by Ghost Signal seem eerily similar to my daily hustle. Flipping your hands to switch between menus will be a nightmare if, like me, you constantly bounce your hands in your lap, and don't get me started on the whole 'aim to shoot' thing. My hands haven't been steady since I discovered caffeine.