Crytek Joins The Virtual Reality Club; The Climb Announced For Oculus Rift


Crysis and Ryse: Son Of Rome developer Crytek have announced their latest game, but it’s probably not what you were expecting. The Climb – a virtual reality game that Crytek says will give players “the rush and thrill of free solo rock climbing” is headed exclusively to Oculus Rift, so if you’re not a fan of VR but love Crytek games, you’re out of luck, unfortunately.

Judging from the good-looking trailer above, The Climb will do just that when it releases – it’s looking fantastic, even in these early stages. Be warned though, if you’re afraid of heights, this is most definitely not the game for you.

Speaking of what the studio aims to give players with The Climb’s gameplay, Crytek said:

The Climb uses elements of the real life sport in gameplay to give players the sensation of rock climbing. For example, gameplay revolves around exploring rock faces to find a path to the top, and you must find different grips or holds, each with their own challenge, to lift yourself as you chart your own route. Rock climbing in real life is physically demanding. As athletes climb they sweat and chalk is used by climbers to return grip to sweaty hands. This is reflected in the game, as the more active you are, the more you’ll need to use chalk on your in-game hands so you can stay on the rock!

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli also gave his two cents on the potential possibilities that VR brings with it, promising that The Climb will feel like a truly authentic experience.

Gaming has always given us the opportunity to place ourselves in otherwise impossible scenarios, and VR technology such as the Rift makes us feel present in those scenarios like never before. The Climb invites players to experience the intensity of one of the world’s most dangerous sports, and they’ll truly feel the thrill of being thousands of meters above the ground with nothing but their skill and a few precarious handholds to rely on.

Crytek have yet to announce a release date for The Climb, but for a first look at the game, you can watch the trailer above.