Raw Thrills has a packed IAAPA 2023 line-up and the headliner for their arcade releases going into 2024 is Godzilla Kaiju Wars VR. An evolution of their VR platform that was first established with King Kong of Skull Island, this is what Eugene Jarvis calls “the most high-energy and exhilarating game we’ve ever created.” Let’s take a look at Raw Thrills’ new flagship game:
Godzilla Kaiju Wars VR Hardware
Note – There is a good chance that by the time this game releases, Raw Thrills will make some changes to this cabinet. What you see below will reflect the models at IAAPA 2023 however.
As you can see from the cabinet, this is a blend of previous Raw Thrills games, including King Kong VR (general shape & arrangement of the cabinet along with the Thrill-D motion base), Fast & Furious Arcade(the setup of the two 65″ 4K TVs on the back,) and a little bit of Jurassic Park (the mounted guns). That all said, the cabinet takes up a little less space than King Kong does.
The game that will be at IAAPA uses modified DPVR E4 sets. These boast 6 DOF, 4K120Hz displays for each eye and a FOV at 116°. However, it should be noted that this might change by the time the game reaches production early next year.
This is uses Raw Thrills’ latest iteration of their Thrill-D motion base, wind & vibration effects, and replaces the motion/gesture sensors that King Kong uses with mounted dual-stick cannons. That’s topped off with a 6ch “Earthshaker” sound system. I’m not sure what PC is driving it, but it’s enough to drive 60fps VR gameplay. That likely means it uses an nVidia RTX card and the graphics are quite good as you’ll see below.
Godzilla Kaiju Wars VR Software
Hardware can be great but what about the software?
The game comes with two levels, where players face off against monstrous beasts, giant robots, and Godzilla himself as you pilot a war machine with massive chainguns attached to the front. These levels last for a little over 4 minutes each, but note that they have additional chapters in the works. This is similar to how King Kong VR worked, which also originally shipped with 2 chapters, then a 3rd was added, now it’ll have five.
How about graphics? I was sent a number of screenshots, but I’ll get those up to the site later when I have time. It’s quicker to make them as this video than to upload and parse everything out here. 😛
I don’t know what the price will be on this yet, but I assume it would be in the same neighborhood as King Kong VR. We’ll find out for sure at IAAPA.
I do hope that at some point down the line they make a non-VR version, as I imagine that this would work as a great replacement to Halo and Jurassic Park. No clue if that’s on Raw Thrills’ mind though. At the very least, this will make a nice companion piece to Stern Pinball’s Godzilla (which is reportedly the best performing pin on the market in recent memory).
What do you think about this one from the info? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Many thanks to Brandon at Raw Thrills for providing all of the info above!