The Nexus Box Brings Multiplayer, Cooperative AR Puzzles to Merge Cube

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Last month virtual reality (VR) headset maker Merge VR launched its take on augmented reality (AR) with the Merge Cube, a physical toy that can be used with a smartphone. Now Texas-based AR developer Possum Interactive has launched a multiplayer, cooperative puzzle for Merge Cube called The Nexus Box.

Made for iOS and Android mobile devices, The Nexus Box is a team game where one player has possession of Merge Cube (or ancient artifact) while the other players have a journal full of clues (downloadable for free). The players have to work together to decipher complex instructions, manipulate the artifact’s controls and solve the puzzles before time runs out.

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Featuring eighteen puzzles, procedurally generated challenges and family focused gameplay, players can take it in turns either manipulating the puzzle or figuring out the clues from the journal.

While AR is becoming big news thanks to the launch of iOS 11 and ARKit from Apple, and Google releasing ARCore to developers, the Merge Cube is taking a different tact by giving users something they can hold to see holographic objects.

The Merge Cube retails for $14.99 USD. Users can then dive into the company’s Merge Miniverse to select from a curated range of family-friendly content. The toy can also be used with the Merge VR headset so customers don’t need to hold their smartphones.

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Dark Eclipse MOBA Coming To PlayStation VR

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Despite the popularity of the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, or MOBA, genre of videogames, for the most part they have yet to make the jump to virtual reality (VR). That may be about to change, since Sony showcased a VR MOBA called Dark Eclipse at the Tokyo Game Show.

Described as a hybrid between the Real-time strategy and MOBA genres, Dark Eclipse will allow players to choose three characters from a roster of over 20, and then set forth to battle. Users will need to get a grip on topology and terrain, keep an eye on the opponent’s strategy as they aim to capture the most territory. You win by forcing your opponent to retire his characters or by destroying their base.

Developer SunSoft says the intuitive nature of VR control schemes will change the paradigm for simulation and strategy titles. Dark Eclipse is due to be released on the PlayStation VR some time in 2018. It is not yet known if the title will be released in the West.

You can watch a trailer video for Dark Eclipse below.

VRFocus will continue to report on new and upcoming PlayStation VR titles.

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