The Thrill of the Fight 2 aims to take VR boxing to the next level

Image: Sealost Interactive / Halfbrick Studios

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The Thrill of the Fight 2 is in development, features multiplayer, and may be released later this year.

The first game was released in 2016 and is known for its fitness factor. According to the VR Institute of Health & Exercise, you can burn up to 600 calories per hour, and UFC boss Dana White and pro boxer Tamuka Mucha recommend VR gaming for training.

The Thrill of the Fight is also one of the most successful VR games. On Steam, it has over 3,000 “overwhelmingly positive” reviews, and on the Quest platform, it ranks among the top 15 premium titles by number of reviews, ahead of games and apps like Walkabout Minigolf, Pistol Whip and Virtual Desktop. .

Established studio helps make Thrill of the Fight 2 a reality

There’s no doubt that Ian Fitz had a sequel in mind from the start. In 2019, the VR game’s lone developer said it had started work on a sequel. However, this never materialized.

That’s probably why Fitz has now turned to an established partner: Australia’s Halfbrick Studios, which has been developing games for over twenty years and is responsible for smartphone titles such as Jetpack Joyride, Dan the Man and Fruit. Ninjas. The studio also has experience in VR with Fruit Ninja VR 1 & 2.

Halfbrick CEO Shainiel Deo is a huge Thrill of the Fight fan and offered Fitz a collaboration. An offer that the promoter could not refuse.

“I have high hopes and big plans for TotF2, and Halfbrick is a great partner to bring those plans to life and support the game, the franchise, and the sport of VR boxing into the future. Halfbrick also has a lot more resources to show and share the game, so expect to see a lot more than I’ve shared so far as we get closer to release,” Fitz wrote in an announcement on Reddit.

The Thrill of the Fight 2 brings multiplayer mode

Fitz and Halfbrick are working closely on the sequel. “I made the blueprint. Sealost prototyped and proved many mechanical and technical challenges. Halfbrick is building a release-worthy product and supporting it well into the future,” Fitz wrote on Reddit.

Fitz explained that he has meetings with them every working day and works with them to build the product, making sure they stay on track with the original plan, and that it hasn’t been a problem because they want to make the same game as him. .

In the TotF 2 announcement video, Shainiel Deo says they want to “take the sequel to the next level”. The Thrill of the Fight 2 will introduce a multiplayer mode and it’s said to be fairer and more realistic than the original with a revamped damage mechanic and improved auditory and visual feedback.

Fitz writes on Reddit that the two studios are aiming for a release this year, but don’t want to promise anything. “This is only an estimate based on current progress, however. We don’t have a specific date set, and we’re taking a “when it’s ready” approach.

The platforms for which TotF 2 will be released have yet to be confirmed. However, the price should be higher than the original, writes Fitz. The Thrill of the Fight is available on Steam and the Meta Quest store for around $10.

Sources: Reddit, VR Institute of Health and Exercise

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