Popular App Lab Game ‘Warplanes: WW1 Fighters’ Releases on Oculus Store for Quest
by ZhinanZhang on Aug 02, 2021
World War I dogfighting game Warplanes: WW1 Fighters has done fairly well for itself since it launched on Oculus’ App Lab platform earlier this year. Now Warplanes: WW1Fighters has made the leap to the official Oculus Store for Quest.
Update (July 30th, 2021): Warplanes: WW1 Fighters is now live on the Oculus Store for Quest, priced at $20.
In an Oculus developer blog post, Home Net Games attributes their success to a few things, notably the Oculus Start developers program and the community feedback from its time on SideQuest and Oculus App Lab. As one of the most successful indie projects to come out of that those early access platforms, the studio urges fellow devs to “get out of the prototype phase as soon as possible, do not work on white boxes. When you have a vertical slice, you will believe that you are working on something tangible, you will also see where the performance issues are. Raw prototype gameplay doesn’t give you the full experience of what the game has to offer.”
The original article follows below:
Original Article (July 23rd, 2021): Developers Home Net Games announced that Warplanes: WW1 Fighters will be available on the Oculus Store July 29th, 2021. Games hosted through App Lab, which allows Quest owners to download content unmoderated by Facebook, don’t have the same visibility as those on the official store, so this is a big step for one of the most successful App Lab games.
As its name would suggest, Warplanes: WW1 Fighters offers up World War I aerial combat, giving you a choice of 18 different planes which range from light scouts to heavy bombers. Check out the trailer below to see some of the old timey combat like physically throwing bombs out of the plane by hand.
At present, the game offers two campaigns which includes hundreds of missions set in diverse locations, seasons and time of day. It boasts single-player, PvP and co-op multiplayer modes.
Depending on your ability, you can play via arcade-style controls or flight simulator style options, which the developers say is based on the planes’ aerodynamics and things like automatic landing and takeoff.
As an early App Lab success, Warplanes: WW1 Fighters has already garnered over 500 reviews, bringing it to a user rating of [4.9/5] stars. We’ll be looking to see how well it fares on the Oculus Store proper when it launches July 29th, as this will give the plucky flight sim a big jump in visibility. In the meantime, you can wishlist the game here.