You don't have to be a genius to understand survival horror's compatability with VR - immersion equals scares.
That's why the announcement of Arizona Sunshine isn't exactly a surprise; zombie games will undoubtedly feature heavily in the intial catalogue of titles for both Oculus and Vive. Game developers will want to induce the strongest reaction possible in their audience, and having them chased by hoards of the undead is an easy way to do that.
Arizona Sunshine's developer, Dutch studio Vertigo Games, declared today that the zombie survival game will land on Steam later this year and is designed with the HTC Vive specifially in mind. Cue the creepy teaser trailer.
According to Vertigo the game is 'optimised for room scale VR'. To translate, this means that you're not going to have to walk about your living room in order to move. Our guess is that the Vive's motion controllers will play a hand in controlling movement.
We suspect you won't be moved around automatically because Arizona Sunshine won't just be about shooting Zombies; the launch site also suggests you'll have to combat the scorching heat. Unless the controller can be lifted up to release a handy anti-zombie-and-sun parasol, we're fairly sure that will involve moving about.
The Steam page is live but gives no indication of how much dosh you're going to have to part with. It would be foolish to think it's going to come particularly cheap, especially soon after the Vive's release.
What the Steam page does reveal is a glimpse at the game's recommended system requirements, and golly, they're pretty titanic. An intel i5-4590, 8GB of RAM and an Nvidia GTX 970 is what Vertigo, or possibly Valve, recommends. That's sort of spec is out of the reach for the vast majority of the gaming community. There have been rumblings for some time that the anticipatory excitement of the many about VR will only translate to actual of enjoyment for a few because of its huge computing demands, and this confirms it.
You've got from now until Q4 2015 to either shape up your PC or let go of dreams of Arizona Sunshine and the like. The choice is yours.
Either way, the HTC Vive is set for release in November of this year and you might want to check out our hands-on review of it to whet your appetite.