12.4.2021 – Oulu, Finland.
The Finland-based indie games publisher VRKiwi and indie games developer Nieko today announced that they will launch an open PC beta via Steam for their co-op action-adventure VR game “Crystal Raiders VR” on April 23rd (the open beta ends on May 2nd, 2021).
“Crystal Raiders” is a co-op action-adventure game by Nieko developers, where the players explore an ancient castle, filled with crystal guardians, traps and puzzles, to find the mystery of the forgotten Wizard Lord. To join the free open beta, go to Crystal Raiders official Discord community and check the #beta-submission channel for detailed information. All open beta participants will be rewarded with the Oni mask, a legendary player headgear.
Crystal Raiders will be first released on Steam Early Access in the first half of 2021. The exact launch date is not locked in yet but it will be announced soon after the open beta, the publisher said.
Key Features (open beta version)
Hand crafted levels
A set of 10 handcrafted levels in a bright castle environment with increasing difficulty.
Weapon upgrades and hidden crystal powers
Better weapons by looting and buying, plus the castle hides special crystal powers.
Create your own avatar from different models, haircuts, clothing, and accessories.
Up to 4 players to raid the levels together. Better chance of success in numbers
Family friendly experience
All game content is designed with also smaller players in mind.
Crystal Raiders Official Discord Community: discord.gg/2DY2s6T
Crystal Raiders on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1270380/Crystal_Raiders_VR/
About Crystal Raiders VR
Crystal Raiders VR is an action-adventure game where you explore an ancient castle to find the mystery of the forgotten Wizard Lord. Co-op your way with other players or solo through the many levels of fortifications filled with crystal guardians, traps and puzzles. Gain experience to upgrade and customize your avatar. The game has a peaceful social platform called Camp Square, where players can socialize and compete in specific activities on the leaderboards. All game content is designed with smaller family members in mind as well.
VRKiwi is the game publisher brand of MeKiwi, a full-stack digital agency based in Oulu, Finland. Their first game Cave Digger was released on Steam back in 2018, which has since come to multiple VR and flat-screen platforms. Their second game ArtPulse came in 2020, and there are more coming through their publishing pipeline, namely Crystal Raiders VR and Cave Digger 2: Dig Harder. VRKiwi website is vrkiwi.org, and MeKiwi mekiwi.org.
At Nieko we are a team of nine. We have been working in the field for over 10 years and started to specialize in VR with the first Oculus DK2 Kit. We have in-house programmers, 3D modelers, texture artists, concept artists. We work on our own projects as well as provide services for customers, and sub-contracting for game companies. We also develop our own virtual reality games – Crystal Raiders VR, and Neolithic. Nieko’s website is Niekoplay.com.
Jonas “O.J” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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