The long-awaited PSVR version of VR shooter, Zero Caliber, will now be based on the Quest version of the game, named Zero Caliber: Reloaded.
Developer XREAL confirmed the news last week, noting that the original plan to port the PC VR version of the game to the platform couldn’t be done without cutting content and features. Rather than continue with a compromised version of the game, the studio instead decided to bring the work it had already been doing creating a new version of Zero Caliber for Quest over to PSVR too.
Zero Caliber PSVR News
The shooter hit the standalone platform earlier this year as Zero Caliber: Reloaded. This experience features a lot of the core mechanics and levels, but XREAL retooled them to fit on the platform. As a result the game still has four-player co-op, but it doesn’t feature cross-play with the PC VR version. At release, we thought the experience offered a fun shooter experience, but some core design issues held it back.
The studio assured that it was already seeing “great results” bringing the Quest version to the console.
The PC version of the game, meanwhile, remains in Early Access. XREAL has stressed it will be updating the project, but work continues on refining the Quest version of the game at the moment, which in turn is benefitting the PC build. Just two weeks back the Quest version got an update that added a survival game mode and a new weapon, and there have been plenty of other Quality of Life improvements since launch.
Ever-busy VR developers, XREAL Games, will have new content for modern military VR shooter, Zero Caliber Reloaded on Oculus Quest this week. Oh, and there’s news about other editions of the game to come too.
XREAL took to Twitter to confirm that new maps, a new game mode and the M249 light machine gun will hit the Quest version of the cooperative shooter this Thursday in a free update. No word yet on exactly what the maps and mode will entail, but given that Reloaded is a retooled version of the original Zero Caliber on PC, it’s possible we see more content from that version of the game come over to the standalone headset. Or it could be something brand new.
New Zero Caliber Updates
It’s just one of a number of updates XREAL has released for the game since launch back in May. The developer has also updated the visuals and overhauled the AI.
In a follow-up Tweet, XREAL also confirmed that news for the PSVR and PC VR versions of the game would arrive on Friday. Zero Caliber is still in Early Access on PC and has been promised on PSVR for a while, so hopefully we could be getting news on the full release dates for both editions. The PC VR version itself hasn’t seen an update since Quest launch.
What are you hoping to see out of this week’s news? Let us know in the comments below!
This year’s VR bundle features quite the crop of VR videogames with Arizona Sunshine, House Flipper VR, Until You Fall, Zero Caliber VR, A Fisherman’s Tale, Paper Beast and Wands all featuring. As always there are various options depending on how much you want to spend and which titles take your fancy, it isn’t quite pick ‘n’ mix but it is close.
You can go for the one item bundle which is Wands, where you have to pay at least £0.72 GBP. Then there’s the four-item bundle with Zero Caliber VR, A Fisherman’s Tale, Paper Beast and Wands for a minimum of £10.64, But is you don’t have any of these titles then you may as well go for all seven at the minimum purchase price of £10.83.
If you’re new to Humble Bundle the whole point is that this is a charitable offer, encouraging you to pay a little more – why not round up to £20 for example? – for a good cause. It’s not a solitary cause you might not be interested in either, you can select which organisation receives your funds (there’s GamesAid, Women in Games International and many more) and how much is split between the publisher, Humble Bundle and the charity.
There are definitely some choice titles in the selection such as Schell Games’ roguelike sword fighter Until You Fall and Pixel Reef’s delightfully out there puzzler Paper Beast. Both are VR experiences everyone should have a go at.
XREAL’s Zero Caliber: Reloaded has been updated once more, now with improved visual effects and enemy AI.
As revealed on the developer’s blog, Update 4 released last week with these two major additions. Visually, the game continues to get closer to the PC version of the game; new weather effects like a thunderstorm and visual frost can be seen in relevant levels, and explosions and bullet impacts have been made to look more convincing. It even goes right down to changing the muzzle flash depending on if the player is using a suppressor or not.
As for AI, XREAL says enemies are now “much sharper and their aiming is much faster”, and they’ll be using cover from new angles and even sprint towards cover too. Elsewhere this update has some other tweaks, like changing the Inspection map to nighttime and adding in the ability to change holster positions.
There are still updates to come to the game’s AI, and the developer will be adding bHaptics support in the future too. The team also teased it’s working on new modes and challenges, but didn’t have anything specific to share just yet.
It’s good to see Zero Caliber getting updates like this as we pointed to underwhelming AI as one of a few issues the game suffered from at launch. “Zero Caliber: Reloaded is painfully close to getting all the way there,” we said, giving the game 3/5. “It’s got some of VR’s best weapon handling and incredible customization alongside an admirable effort to deliver the full shooter campaign we all crave.”
How does the Quest version of Zero Caliber stack up next to the PC VR version? Find out in our Zero Caliber graphics comparison!
Released yesterday on Quest, Zero Caliber: Reloaded is a retooled version of the PC VR experience (which is still in Early Access). It features many of the same levels and weapons as the original game, but respecs them to run on the standalone headset. That means there’s no cross-play, but you still get a full campaign with four-player co-op. We think the Quest experience is decent, though it has its flaws.
Zero Caliber Graphics Comparison
Visually, though Zero Caliber is one of the better-looking PC VR games out there, and there’s obviously a big change moving over to Quest. In the video above we focus on two levels and the game’s lobby area. You’ll notice missing environmental effects on Quest, a higher enemy count on PC and other changes to assets and geometry. It’s also interesting to note that the PC game gives you full-body representation whereas Quest simply has a pair of floating hands. Having said that, the game still plays incredibly well on standalone – weapons still look great and handle authentically and missions are fun either in solo or co-op play.
Do keep in mind that the game isn’t compatible between Quest and PC, though, so if you’re planning to play with friends make sure you have the right version!
Reloaded is out now on Oculus Quest. What did you think of our Zero Caliber graphics comparison? Let us know in the comments below!
Is this latest Oculus Quest FPS worth a look? Find out in our Zero Caliber: Reloaded review!
It might not exactly be the most wholesome game, but Zero Caliber: Reloaded still has its heart in the right place. You can sense, amongst the noisy shootouts and explosions, a genuine desire to meet the many, lofty demands of the VR shooter fanbase. And developer XREAL gets a lot right in its mission to satisfy — in some ways more than most other shooters on Quest — but Reloaded is somewhat constrained by technical hiccups and core design issues.
For some, the elevator pitch might be enough to sell on its own; Reloaded is a retooled version of the PC VR version of Zero Caliber that (wisely) keeps a wide berth from the saturated competitive multiplayer scene. Instead of an ill-fated attempt to take on Onward and Pavlov, XREAL offers up a full campaign for either single-player or co-op with up to four friends. Tutorials included there are 23 individual levels, with earlier missions taking around five to ten minutes and later stages stretching out to 15 minutes or more. Some quick napkin math will tell you that’s a modest amount of game – not the longest campaign by any standards but a decent four to five hours that can go even longer when tackling higher difficulty modes and replaying levels with friends.
For much of that time, Reloaded delivers core VR shooter thrills. This is a game that leans into the platform’s strengths, often literally. Though it’s less concerned with realism than some of its rivals it’s far from a run and gun shooter – firefights require you to hunker down behind the best possible cover and lean out with an eye trained to your weapon sights. Compared to the head-spinning speed of recent games like Alvo and Doom 3 VR, it’s incredibly refreshing to get back to basics and rediscover some of the mechanics that feel really unique to VR, like blind-firing around corners when your health is low or crouching down to the ground to find a new angle on the enemy.
Fans of the original Zero Caliber will know that its real claim to fame, though, is its exhaustive and authentic weapon customization and handling. Crucially, it’s survived the transition to Quest fully intact. There are a lot of guns in Reloaded, from rifles and pistols to SMGs and shotguns, and you can really feel the individual craftsmanship XREAL has put into each. The P90, for example, needs clips inserted from the top, and every firearm has some kind of pin, handle or lever to adjust for a satisfying ‘click’ before you can return fire. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses – the AK-47 feels convincingly vicious as it rattles about in close quarters, while my personal choice, the ??? LMG rips through enemies but springs out of your arms if fired with one hand and is tricky to use in tight spaces, especially when contending with the game’s light-but-appreciated physics systems.
Zero Caliber: Reloaded Review – The Facts
What is it?: A modern military VR FPS with a full campaign to play in single-player or with up to three friends. Platforms: Quest Release Date: May 13th Price: $24.99
Not everything’s perfect; climbing surfaces is cumbersome compared to the breezy scaling in Population: One, and reviving teammates is overly streamlined to the point of just standing on top of them for a second. But overall it’s impressively realized – even throwing grenades feels easier and more accurate than it does in most other games.
Hefty combat is paired with a staggered progression system that unlocks new weapons as you rise through the ranks, though they still need to be bought with cash earned during play. This is where the game gets really technical; there’s an unending supply of laser sights, grips and scopes to peruse, more than was probably necessary, but the chance to head back to the lobby and completely reevaluate my loadout after every few levels helped keep my intrigue in the campaign. Each of these is detachable, too, so if you find another weapon you want to try mid-level, you can swap out your attachments in seconds. You can even do this between friends during co-op sessions; there’s an incredible amount of versatility in it.
What lets Reloaded down, then, is an assortment of the same old factors: a variety of technical hiccups, underwhelming AI and simplistic, problematic and repetitive mission design.
None of these factors are troubling enough to ruin the experience but each gets time to do some damage and, strangely, they seem to scale with the player count. Some missions are seemingly designed for a smaller number of players while others feel dependent on a group of four. Finding the right size for each mission hurts its consistency; smaller missions in Reloaded play out as intended with two players enacting careful, concise gunfights that are overcome with proper communication and teamwork. But, even on the hardest difficulty, a full team of four will likely outpace the mission’s structure. One level descended into chaos when we seemed to tear through the enemy faster than it could keep up with. Previously cleared rooms suddenly had new soldiers appearing from thin air, and we found ourselves fighting the restrictive ‘active mission’ zone, which moves along with objectives. At one point we even had enemies camping right on top of the spawn point.
On the flip side, there’s a great mission later on with an expansive warzone and front lines to defend, but the odds are really stacked against you in single-player. At the very least the game could use some sort of indicator for what player count is suited to which level.
Zero Caliber: Reloaded Review – Comfort
Zero Caliber: Reloaded is a smooth locomotion game with some options to help mitigate sickness. It’s also a very physicaly active game that requires lots of leaning and crouching, so keep that in mind.
Bugs aren’t just limited to mission design; I also found my hand getting stuck in my rifle quite often and both myself and one of my teammates encountered a frustrating issue where controller tracking seemed to bug out in-game while it was fine in the Oculus menu. Mix in some full-on crashes when transitioning between levels and enemies getting stuck on geometry and Reloaded feels like it could have used more time to iron these issues out.
Even with the four-player issues to one side, though, some problems persist. Enemy AI isn’t as dumb as you might fear but still not quite up to the standard you might hope. They’re able to take cover, find vantage points and even roll out of the way of incoming fire, but you’ll also find them obliviously standing out in wide-open battlefields and turning away from you in the middle of a firefight. They’re complete bullet sponges, too, and easily shake off anything other than a straight headshot. It robs the game of some of that lethal proficiency that comes with well-placed shots.
It’s a similar story for the overall mission design, which clearly strives for variety but, at best, only maintains the illusion of it. Objective types almost always boil down to simply clearing an area full of enemies in the same way you’ve been doing right from the start – there are defend and destroy orders but they don’t significantly change up the gameplay and some areas get too crowded with four players. That said, XREAL has gone to great lengths to provide environmental variety, from icy skirmishes to the uniquely disgusting experience of standing in human waste in sewers. Reloaded isn’t what you’d call a looker — and the pop-in on vegetation and other objects is very noticeable — but it does a decent job given the hardware it’s running on.
Zero Caliber: Reloaded Review – Final Impressions
Zero Caliber: Reloaded is painfully close to getting all the way there. It’s got some of VR’s best weapon handling and incredible customization alongside an admirable effort to deliver the full shooter campaign we all crave. And, a lot of the time, that’s enough – hunkering down into cover, reloading your weapon and then leaning out to score a headshot doesn’t tire over the course of the 4 – 5 hour campaign. But the game is also plagued with familiar issues like underwhelming enemy AI, and its missions seem to cater to different numbers of players, creating an uneven experience throughout. It’s still an easy recommendation for anyone starved for single-player or co-op campaigns on Quest, but there’s plenty of room for VR shooters to grow from here.
For more on how we arrived at this score, read our review guidelines. What did you make of our Zero Caliber: Reloaded review? Let us know in the comments below!
XREAL’s Zero Caliber: Reloaded is coming to Oculus Quest tomorrow, but we’ve got a first look at co-op gameplay right here.
Check out 19 minutes of co-op footage below. This standalone version of the game — which is an altogether different release from Zero Caliber on PC — features a full campaign with multiple levels that you can tackle either in single-player or with up to three friends in a co-op mode.
Zero Caliber: Reloaded Oculus Quest Co-Op Gameplay
In the video above we tackle two levels with two players, first fighting through the streets before clearing out the sewers below. And, yes, the sewer level does start with you standing knee-deep in, uh, sludge. It’s a new experience for VR, to say the least.
Another big feature for Zero Caliber is its weapon feel and customization – there are tons of unique rifles, SMGs and more in the game that can then be fitted with grips, sights and more. You unlock new upgrades by buying them with cash earned through playing along with a leveling system. It’s one of the most unique features of the PC game and it’s made the transition to Quest quite well.
We’ll have a full review of the game tomorrow but I will say our initial impressions (based on the first third or so of the campaign) are quite positive, even if the game has its fair share of issues like bugs you might spot in the video above. Still, if you’re a modern shooter fan that doesn’t want to play the PvP modes in Onward, Pavlov or Contractors, make sure to check back for our full verdict tomorrow.
A version of Zero Caliber VR (2018), the military shooter from A-Tech Cybernetic (2020) developers XREAL Games, is coming to Oculus Quest on May 13th, 2021.
Zero Caliber VR first came to PC VR back in 2018, launching its story-based campaign to ‘very positive’ reviews via Steam Early Access and the Oculus Store for Rift.
Although it shares a lot in common, including its single-player and four-player online coop campaign, the new version for Quest is said to be “basically a totally different game compared to the original PC version.”
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Called Zero Caliber: Reloaded, the Quest-only version is launching on both Quest and Quest 2; since it’s not the same game as the PC version, it won’t feature cross-buy. The game will be priced $25 when it arrives on the Oculus Store May 13th.
Hungary-based indie Xreal says Quest 2 enhancements will include physically based rendering (PBR) textures on the weapons and hands at launch, with more enhancements coming in post-release updates. The studio says it’s also planning “quite a few post-release updates with new content/game mode and improvements.”
Here’s how Xreal describes Zero Caliber: Reloaded:
You’ll find yourself in a war-ridden, dystopian United States as a newly enlisted OSA soldier. What does OSA stand for? Outer States of America, the last bastion of hope. War over water destroyed the world as we know it. A fearsome organization worshipping Tlaloc, the Aztec God of rain emerged from the chaos. What is even worse, they know something that can change the fate of humanity…
Wie das VR-Studio XREAL Games mitteilt, wird Zero Caliber: Reloaded am 13. Mai für die Oculus Quest erscheinen. Zudem veröffentlichte das Team kürzlich einen neuen Trailer.
Zero Caliber: Reloaded für Oculus Quest erscheint am 13. Mai
Zero Caliber: Reloaded ist eine spezielle Neuauflage von Zero Caliber, welche exklusiv für die Oculus Quest erscheinen wird. Wie das Original wird die Quest-Version einen Einzelspielermodus und einen kooperativen Modus mit bis zu vier Spielenden beinhalten.
Zero Caliber: Reloaded für Oculus Quest erscheint am 13. Mai und soll 24,99 US-Dollar im Store von Oculus kosten. Cross-Buy und Cross-Play wird XREAL Games jedoch nicht anbieten, da sich die Versionen zu stark voneinander unterscheiden würden. Das Spiel wird mit der Oculus Quest 1 und Oculus Quest 2 spielbar sein, wobei die Version für die Quest 2 mit beispielsweise besseren Texturen ausgestattet sein soll.
Developer XREAL Games confirmed the news today. Reloaded is a revamped version of the original game, a modern-era shooter with highly customizable weapons. This version retains some core features like a single-player campaign and four-player co-op mode but tweaks the gameplay content to get it to fit on Quest.
Reloaded will be available for $24.99 and, as the developer previously confirmed, won’t support cross-buy and cross-play due to the differences in the versions. Check out the launch trailer with plenty of new gameplay below.
Zero Caliber: Reloaded Release Date Revealed
The trailer shows a wide range of locations, including training facilities, snowy mountain regions and more. Almost every surface in the game is climbable, too, as shown in the trailer’s dramatic closing.
Reloaded will have some Quest 2-specific enhancements like better textures for weapons, though more additions are coming later down the line. The team is also planning to add new content like game modes in the future for free.
XREAL also confirmed a handful of other features – the game’s co-op options run on dedicated servers for NA, EU and SEA regions, and there will also be a friend invite feature.
We’re fond of Zero Caliber on PC so we’re looking forward to seeing how the Quest version works out. We’ll be bringing you a full review as soon as possible. The PC VR of Zero Caliber, meanwhile, remains in-development via Early Access, with a PSVR version to follow.