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Virtual Reality startup Vantari VR has raised $7 million in a pre-Series A funding round. The company has developed a VR medical training platform for doctors and students to practice high-risk procedures in a safe virtual environment. Vantari is currently used in several Australian teaching hospitals. In 2021, Epic Games awarded the startup a $131,000 grant to use its commercial game engine.
Walkabout Mini GolfVR has released its 23rd course, a collaboration with artist collective Meow Wolf. The DLC costs the usual $3.99, is available for all VR headsets and introduces new game mechanics and creatures. Each of the 18 holes features a new gameplay experiment. There are twelve unique creatures named after Meow Wolf and 57 types of plants or mushrooms, all meticulously designed and placed by hand. Walkabout Mini Golf: Meow Wolf is the most complex, experimental and colorful Walkabout Mini Golf course yet.
Update: Perp Games has to postpone the release of Vertigo 2 on PSVR 2 for "a few days" due to a bug. The exact date will be announced as soon as possible.
Perp Games and Zulubo Productions have announced the digital release date for Vertigo 2. The single-player VR adventure game will be available on Playstation VR 2 from 12th December 2023, with physical copies hitting retail stores on 9th February. Vertigo 2 places players deep underground in Quantum Reactor VII, where they face alien flora, fauna, and deadly android security forces. The game boasts a diverse range of environments, numerous creatures, robots, and intense boss fights.
Les Mills XR Dance, a new VR fitness app featuring over 45 songs and 25 dance routines, is set to launch on Meta Quest 3 next week. The program is a collaboration between Odders Lab, the developer of Les Mills Bodycombat, and EDM record label Monstercat. Choreographed to different music styles and three difficulty levels, the program will be presented by five official Les Mills Dance presenters. The game will support both full VR and mixed reality environments. Les Mills XR Dance will be available on the Meta Quest VR headsets on December 14th for $29.99, with a 20% discount for pre-orders.
The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners will receive its Quest 3 upgrade on January 16, 2024. Skydance Interactive announced the enhanced version of the game in June, originally targeting a fall 2023 release. The update will include improved textures, new effects, improved lighting with dynamic shadows, and an increased number of zombies in open areas. The game's Quest 3 upgrade was first revealed during the Meta Connect 2023 keynote.