Belgian world novelty: the first virtual reality sport ‘Ballistic’ sees the light – News

At the Sport Vlaanderen Biennial Sports Innovation Congress, which took place on Thursday, the first virtual reality sport with Ballistic was launched. It is a world first from Flemish soil. Data News spoke with producer Jeroen Dessaux from developer Triangle Factory.

Ballistics is an intensive, but above all unique, two-on-two sport played in virtual reality. Unlike most VR sports games, you physically run on a real field to return the ball to your opponents. Think of a mix of paddle tennis and volleyball in a futuristic setting.

I’m pretty sure we can call Ballistic the world’s first true location-sharing sports game.

“It’s the first sport especially developed for VR,” says Jeroen Dessaux, producer at Triangle Factory. Ballistic was designed for the Oculus Quest 2, a VR headset with Inside outtracking and relatively cheap. The game can be played on two courses with two players, so four players in total. The dimensions of the field are comparable to those of a pumpkin field.

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‘And this is all state-of-the-art,’ continues Dessaux, ‘because it’s never been done with two virtual reality goggles on a playing field before. So I’m pretty sure we can call Ballistic the world’s first true location-sharing sports game. A novelty and something to be proud of!

Ballistics was developed over a period of ten months. Four full-time people worked on it with the support of three other developers, specialized in 3D modeling and sound. ‘We aim at the widest possible audience. That means the game had to be accessible, not too complex, and with enough depth. At the same time, you have to use virtual reality and do things that are not possible in the real world. The back wall that can be broken to form a goal, for example, or the way you can hit the ball.”

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The game is supported by Sportwerk Vlaanderen, The Park Entertainment (Telenet’s virtual reality arcades), and Sport Vlaanderen. ‘That should be enough for a successful Flemish start. Subsequently, the new VR sport will also be launched internationally.” Flemish Sports Minister Ben Weyts also praised Ballistic at the Sports Innovation Congress: “We are very proud to be able to present today the first sport in Flanders specially developed for reality. virtual, an absolute first”.

Ballistics is an intensive, but above all unique, two-on-two sport played in virtual reality. Unlike most VR sports games, you physically run on a real field to hit your opponents with the ball. Think of a mix of paddle tennis and volleyball in a futuristic setting. ‘It’s the first sport especially developed for VR,’ says Jeroen Dessaux, producer at Triangle Factory. Ballistic was designed for the Oculus Quest 2, a relatively inexpensive inside-out tracking VR headset. The game can be played on two courses with two players, so four players in total. The dimensions of the field are comparable to those of a squash court. “And this is all state-of-the-art,” continues Dessaux, “because it’s never been done with two VR goggles on a field of play before.” So I’m pretty sure we can call Ballistic the world’s first true location-sharing sports game. A novelty and something to be proud of!’Ballistic was developed over a period of ten months. Four full-time people worked on it with the support of three other developers, specialized in 3D modeling and sound. ‘We aim at the widest possible audience. That means the game had to be accessible, not too complex, and with enough depth. At the same time, you have to use virtual reality and do things that are not possible in the real world. The back wall that can be broken to form a goal, for example, or the way you can hit the ball.” The game is supported by Sportwerk Vlaanderen, The Park Entertainment (Telenet’s virtual reality arcades) and Sport Vlaanderen “That should be enough for a successful Flemish start. Subsequently, the new VR sport will also be launched internationally.” Flemish Sports Minister Ben Weyts also praised Ballistic at the Sports Innovation Congress: “We are very proud to be able to present today the first sport in Flanders specially developed for virtual reality, an absolute first.”

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