October 27, 2023

Andreas Betsche

Make Waves with Slam City: A Multiplayer VR Sports Game from Singapore

October 27, 2023 | Andreas Betsche

Slam City, an upcoming VR multiplayer game developed by Universe Studio and published by Make Waves (Singapore), aims to immerse players in the heart of live basketball action. Promising a fusion of competition, social interaction, and diverse gameplay options, the game is set to launch at the end of 2023 on Oculus Quest 2&3, Quest Pro, and Pico 4.

Slam City VR Game: a basketball match.

Casual Live Basketball Action in VR

At its core, Slam City allows players to engage in an adrenaline-pumping, interactive experience within a bustling virtual city. With a primary focus on basketball, players can execute dunks, 3-pointers, and crossovers while competing against others in real-time multiplayer matches. Slam City isn’t a hardcore basketball sim, its user-friendly, almost casual approach to the sport is reinforced by the colourful cartoonish art style of the game.

Slam City VR Game: a slam dunk.

Diverse Sports Challenges Await

However, Slam City isn’t solely about basketball. The game will provide a range of activities. From skateboarding challenges in the skatepark to street dance battles in the stage area, players can indulge in various sports-related challenges. Moreover, the open multiplayer city setting can host up to 30 players simultaneously, offering ample opportunities for interaction and competition.

Quests & NPCs in Vibrant VR City

Slam City VR Game: the stadium.

A notable feature of Slam City includes non-player characters (NPCs) and quests, enhancing the immersive experience beyond sports challenges. Make Waves, the publisher, emphasizes their commitment to refining the game based on player feedback and continuous improvement, aiming to create an experience that feels authentic and dynamic.

Micro-Transactions and Future Plans for Slam City

As a free-to-play game, its financial model relies on micro-transactions for visual effects, skins, and scenes. Players can personalize their in-game experience with different dress-up options.

Slam City VR Game: dress up.

Slam City is slated to enter its testing phase on App Lab by the end of October. In the future, the developers at Universe Studio plan to refine the game’s visual effects, optimize the gameplay experience, and expand the city map. Their roadmap also includes plans to develop new gameplay options.

A Good VR Sports Experience?

However, as good as the package sounds, in the end, Slam City must prove that its core game mechanic, the simulation of basketball and other activities, works well in VR. If that’s the case, we might expect an interesting new take on the VR sports genre with neat little community features.

Andreas Betsche

Andreas Betsche founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after researching Cambodian mobile games for his Master’s thesis. He has a background in Southeast Asia studies and has worked and lived in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since he has been actively playing games since the early 90s, combing both worlds in Virtual SEA brought together both of his passions.

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