Image: Ádám Horváth
Whitewater VR: Extreme Kayaking Adventure is a VR game developed using Unreal Engine 5 with realistic visuals and physics.
The VR title aims to recreate the whitewater kayaking experience in virtual reality as accurately as possible. The most striking features of the game are its detailed environments, realistic simulation of rapids and kayak physics.
Solo developer Ádám Horváth describes the title as follows:
Get ready to paddle through some of the world’s wildest, and most challenging rapids in breathtaking VR. With stunning graphics, realistic physics, and heart-pumping action, you’ll race against the clock as you navigate through wild waters filled with obstacles and surprises.
There is no multiplayer mode, but there will be online leaderboards.
There are five hand-crafted environments that are described as follows
- Tropical Jungle (Youtube trailer): Embark on an expedition into the heart of a tropical jungle, where ancient ruins lie hidden amidst lush foliage and meandering rivers. Paddle through dense canopies, discover long-forgotten temples, and encounter the mysteries of a lost civilization.
- Alpine Valley: Venture deep into lush valleys and blooming wilderness, and tackle exhilarating mountain rapids as springtime comes to life in this level. Feel the spray of crystal-clear waters and the warmth of the sun on your face as you navigate this immersive, adrenaline-pumping adventure.
- Spring Mountain (Youtube trailer): As the snow melts and spring blooms in the mountains, paddle through crystal-clear streams, glide past towering peaks, and navigate through exhilarating rapids as springtime comes to life in this level. Experience the thrill of high-altitude kayaking like never before.
- Eastern Iceland (Youtube trailer): Dive into a virtual world where the stunning landscapes of Iceland become your playground. Feel the rush of the arctic wind and the thrill of conquering untamed waters. Get ready to experience Iceland’s breathtaking beauty in a whole new way.
- Desert Canyon (Youtube trailer): Prepare to explore towering rock formations, navigate challenging rapids, and uncover the hidden wonders in the heart of the canyon’s wild beauty. Brace yourself for an intense adventure as you navigate the fiery landscapes of the red canyon, where crimson cliffs and thrilling rapids await.
There is no release date yet for Whitewater VR: Extreme Kayaking Adventure, but a PC VR demo of the game was playable during the Steam Next Fest last October. On Steam, where you can already add the game to your wishlist, it says that Whitewater VR is “coming soon”.
It is unknown if the title is coming to other VR platforms. Horváth demonstrated a Quest 3 version of Whitewater VR on Reddit two months ago, but it was an early test version. I have reached out to the developer and will update this article if I hear from him
In addition to Whitewater VR, there is Kayak VR: Mirage, which was released for SteamVR in 2022 and Playstation VR 2 in 2023. Development stalled last year, but the team says it is still working on a multiplayer mode, new environments, and a simulation of arms, hands, and torso.
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