Ramen VR recently showed off a bit of pre-alpha gameplay for its upcoming VR MMO, Zenith: The Last City. Much of what’s on display will look radically different at launch, but it gives a good sense of what you’ll experience if you make it into the alpha test next month.
Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first. Zenith lacks a proper UI, its ping seems to be a bit choppy, and its animations still need a lot of work. Ramen VR was quick to point these out during the livestream, noting that the pre-alpha footage doesn’t represent how the game will look – or perform – when it finally hits the market.
You can check out the full 30+ minute stream below. Remember – this is pre-alpha footage:
As for the good – well, that seems to be pretty much everything else. There are few proper VR MMORPGs on the market, and Zenith looks to be a great attempt at the new genre. Combat is progressing nicely, the world looks to offer plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, and the story is set to deliver a deep narrative with plenty of lore to get lost in.
Best of all, you can climb trees and pick apples.
Zenith still doesn’t have a firm release date, although we do have a schedule for alpha testing:
- Preview Weekend (Kickstarter Exclusive): April 17 – 18
- Early Bird Alpha: April 19 – 26
- Second Alpha: May 31 – June 6
Two betas are also planned, however they are yet to have a date set.
If you’re itching to get your hands on a VR MMO today, you can check out OrbusVR: Reborn. Available on PC and Oculus Quest, the game is built from the ground up for room-scale VR. It’s a reimaging of the original OrbusVR and features new dungeons, raids, classes, and a gorgeous hand-painted art style.
Zenith: The Last City begins alpha testing next month and will eventually release on PC, Quest, and PSVR.
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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.
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