Phantom: Covert Ops Announced For Oculus Rift And Quest

Paddle up a river in a kayak as a covert operative.
nDreams officially announces Phantom: Covert Ops for the Oculus Rift and Quest.
nDreams officially announces Phantom: Covert Ops for the Oculus Rift and Quest. nDreams

The recent release of the Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest was big news for people who want to get into the VR space. For one thing, both were priced relatively cheap compared to other heavy-hitters like the HTC Vive, Vive Pro, and the upcoming Valve Index, yet both still have enough processing power and technical edge over the PlayStation VR, which also needs a PlayStation 4 to operate.

The only thing that’s really missing with the Oculus offerings are VR titles native to the platform. Developer nDreams saw this potential, and yesterday they finally announced their next VR game made for the Quest and Rift: the stealth action title Phantom: Covert Ops.

Phantom: Covert Ops was developed in collaboration with Oculus Studios, and it boasts a very unique set-up perfect for both the Quest and the Rift. In Phantom: Covert Ops, you play as a cover operative dispatched in a river-deep-in-the-forest setting, as you traverse the jungle in a tactical kayak with military-grade weapons. Along the way you’ll dispatch enemies and complete missions, all under the cover of stealth. Check out the teaser trailer for the title below.

Phantom: Covert Ops looks very exciting. It’s kind of amazing how the developers have managed to think of such a unique set-up, a covert operative paddling up a river on a small kayak. The trailer shows you using clever use of guns to distract enemies above you on wooden bridges, like shooting out lights. Far-off enemies can also be eliminated by using a sniper rifle. While it’s unclear at this point just how large the game area will be, the teaser trailer made it seem to be a decent size, plus the missions give it away that there will be a campaign to play through.

Phantom: Covert Ops takes place during the Cold War in the early 90s, which could explain why you’re paddling up a creek. It’s also a very rich setting when it comes to espionage and the like, so nDreams really has struck gold with the concept. Let’s just hope it lives up to expectations once it finally releases sometime later this year, exclusively on the Oculus Rift and Quest.

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