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GORN is a 'ludicrously violent VR gladiator simulator' from South African developer Free Lives

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South African developer Free Lives is not only one of my favourite local developers, but definitely up there on a global level as well. Free Lives created Broforce, a testosterone filled fight for freedom sporting an insane number of pixelated explosions, guts and blood as you decimate your foes with action heroes.

Their next game is known as GORN, a “ludicrously violent VR gladiator simulator”. Knowing Free Lives, they won’t be pulling any punches and definitely deliver some ludicrous violence. The game is published by Devolver Digital and will be available on Steam’s Early Access on 10 July this year.

The game’s description on Steam reads:

“GORN is a ludicrously violent VR gladiator simulator, made by Free Lives, the developers of Broforce and Genital Jousting. Featuring a unique, fully physics driven combat engine, GORN combatants will be able to creatively execute their most violent gladiatorial fantasies in virtual reality.

Savagely strike down an infinite supply of poorly-animated opponents with all manner of weapons – from swords, maces, and bows to nunchuks, throwing knives, massive two-handed warhammers or even your blood-soaked bare hands. The only limits to the carnage are your imagination and decency, in the most brutal and savage VR face-smashing game ever produced by man.” - Source

It sounds fantastic and as over-the-top as one would expect from Free Lives. GORN makes me want to get a VR headset, especially after seeing the trailer and gore-filled screenshots below.

Some brutal GORN screenshots  

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You will, of course, need a VR headset to play the game. At the time of writing it looks like only the HTC ViVe will be supported at Early Access launch and there is no word if the game will be available on other platforms, such as Oculus or PS VR later. Further requirements include:

  • “A play area of at least 2m x 2m.
  • Requires a play area with 360° tracking”  

As mentioned earlier in this article, the game will be released onto Steam Early Access, which means it isn’t yet complete. However, with Free Lives’ perfect track record on Steam Early Access, there is no reason to doubt that the game will see a full release. According to the game’s Steam page, the developers expect GORN to be in Early Access for problem three months to one year.                

Watch the brutal gameplay trailer of GORN below and then tell what you think about the game in the comment section below.

Source: Steam

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