The last time Crytek released a traditional ‘AAA’ game we were slicing our way through the Roman Empire in Ryse: Son of Rome. These days, Crytek is shifting their focus towards virtual reality. Today, the company known for graphics revealed their second VR game – The Climb.

I hope you’re not scared of heights. The Climb brings the thrill of rock climbing without all the work. Switch from binging the latest Netflix show to climbing in Southeast Asia in mere moments. Or, you could join a local rock climbing club and learn how to do the real thing. Who knows, maybe experiences like The Climb will push folks to do just that.

Crytek is known for their stunning CRYENGINE, and The Climb doesn’t disappoint. Check out the teaser below.

Slightly off topic, but whoever designed The Climb logo did a fantastic job.

The Climb logo

Here’s what Cevat Yerli (Founder, CEO & President of Crytek) had to say about The Climb. “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.”

The Climb looks incredible, but what kind of beast of a PC will you need to run it? You will need Oculus’ recommended specs to run it smoothly. That means you’ll need a PC with:

– NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
– Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
– 8GB+ RAM
– Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output (required)
– 2x USB 3.0 ports (required)
– Windows 7 SP1 or newer (required)

That’s a beefy computer. Then again, The Climb looks insane. You’re going to need that GTX 970 for it to look like the teaser.

The Climb will make its exclusive debut on Oculus Rift during its ‘launch window.’ The Rift is getting a consumer release sometime in the first quarter of 2016 so expect The Climb around the same time. As for other VR platforms such as PlayStation VR and HTC Vive? Crytek director of production David Bowman tells Polygon they own the IP, and future versions could hit other platforms.

Robinson: The Journey

Crytek is also busy working on another VR title called Robinson: The Journey.

Robinson: The Journey is coming to PlayStation VR.

It’s a shame Crytek isn’t making more traditional games on Xbox One/PS4/PC, but it’s great to see them pushing VR. Crytek knows how to make a game look good and that will go a long way into making VR experiences believable.

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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