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Student Game Team Spotlight: Dark Shot VR

With new technology comes new games. Students at DigiPen Institute of Technology are developing more game projects for virtual reality (VR) platforms than ever before. We spoke with the undergraduates on Team Dark Shot, who are working on a game they call Dark Shot VR for the HTC Vive, to hear their story and share their experience as DigiPen students developing a VR game.

In Dark Shot VR, the player assumes the role of an archer in a simulated target range. Aggressive holograms march toward the player from projected buildings, and the player, using the two HTC Vive controllers, must knock arrows and fire them toward the waves of enemies.

Chris Fields, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) degree and is Team Dark Shot’s tech lead and game programmer, came up with the original concept for the game. Fields says he was inspired by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, particularly the scene where Katniss Everdeen hones her bow-and-arrow skills by combatting enemy holograms in an archery simulator.

Watch our video interview with Team Dark Shot to learn about the team’s development process and check out preliminary gameplay footage of Dark Shot VR.

Special thanks to all of the members of Team Dark Shot for sharing their stories.