Arizona Sunshine Is Virtual Reality Zombie Apocalypse

Vertigo Games and Jaywalker Interactive have announced that Arizona Sunshine is coming to SteamVR this fall, offering support for the HTC Vive, a new VR headset that will compete with the Oculus Rift.

A teaser trailer came along with the announcement of the VR-based zombie survival game. You can check out the teaser courtesy of All Games Beta.

So if the trailer above didn't do anything to explain the game for you, the press release surely will. Players will take on the role of a survivor during the zombie apocalypse. Players will deal with the sweltering heat from the Arizona desert while also attempting to survive hordes of the undead.

The story description notes that the player-character was driving along when they heard human voices and stopped to investigate. I don't know if this means that players will be able to drive around in vehicles similar to other zombie survival titles like State of Decay, H1Z1 or DayZ, or if that description was just there for setting up the story. There are a couple of vehicles present in the screenshots of Arizona Sunshine but my general impression is that they're just there for decoration purposes.

The teaser trailer also gives a brief look at the game's combat. Apparently just shooting the zombies in the body without actually getting headshots will just tickle them a bit. The game supposedly has a new system in place to make the action more visceral than ever before. As mentioned in the press release...

Step into the midst of a zombie apocalypse as if you were really there, and defend yourself against enemies close enough to touch. A custom-built physical animation system makes striking your undead enemies more thrilling and satisfying than ever before.

That's interesting. It sounds a little bit like Dying Light, where Techland tried to ensure that there was some form of target-based reactions for when the zombies get hit. Based on the trailer above it's impossible to tell just how fleshed out this system will be in Arizona Sunshine, but we've all definitely heard about how great and magnificent some feature is for a game only to find out that it's not quite as amazing as it was promoted to be in the trailers and whatnot.

The real hook for this game is going to be in its virtual reality capabilities via the SteamVR initiative. It's going to make it a hard sell for anyone who isn't too interested in VR only because there are tons of zombie games out there and State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition just recently launched for the Xbox One, so it's not like there's a shortage on zombie survival titles.

For now, there isn't a whole lot of details available on the game but the recommended system requirements seem to be fit in line with what Oculus had recently announced as recommended settings for the Rift. You can check out the Steam app page for a couple of more details on the game. Arizona Sunshine is due for release this fall.

Will Usher

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.