Playable for the first time at PlayStation Experience this weekend, Distance is a survival racing game coming to PlayStation VR in the first half of 2016 from developer Refract.
Available through Steam Early Access since last year, with an “overwhelmingly positive” user score after 1,500 reviews, Distance was first announced for PS4 at the same time. Since then, Refract has added random track generation, new story mode content, improved car customization, improved multiplayer features, and they optimized the game so it runs as smoothly as possible.
Developer Jordan Hemenway talked about the survival racer:
Distance takes the intense action of arcade racing and places it in a mysterious, atmospheric world. The road is deadly with treacherous obstacles around every corner. Instead of doing laps on a loop, you’ll be trying to survive from point A to B.
You pilot a unique car that allows you to boost, jump, rotate, and even fly. Instead of being constrained to the track, you can break away at any point and find your own path. You can even drive upside down or on buildings and walls.
With virtual reality, Hemenway says it adds another dimension, allowing you to look into turn or glance over at other players in multiplayer. “Once we started prototyping VR gameplay in Distance it was undeniable that getting a true feel for the jumps, flips, and flying is exhilarating,” he added.