Demeo To Get Hand Tracking Support on Quest
Hit virtual reality tabletop role-playing game Demeo is set to get hand-tracking support. This follows a recent addition of a mixed reality mode to the game.
Demeo developer Resolution Games has confirmed it is working on hand-tracking support on the Quest platform for its virtual reality tabletop dungeon crawler game. The studio revealed that additional mixed reality features are coming to the game, “including hand tracking” support.
Hand tracking leverages the headset cameras and uses them to track hand movements which enable users to play games controller-free. Quest’s hand-tracking functionality was first launched in 2019 and has since undergone several improvements and refinements which improved the quality of the experience. There have already been major updates to hand-tracking support and additional features are also in the works aimed at improving tracking reliability.
Resolution Games hasn’t divulged how the game will use the hand-tracking functionality. There is also no information on the Quest-specific Quest models that will have hand-tracking support. Presumably, the feature will enable Demeo players to use their hands in navigating the in-game menus, hold cards, move game pieces and roll the dice.
Demeo already has mixed reality support on both the Quest Pro and Quest 2 headsets. Its new mixed-reality functionality leverages Quest Pro’s color passthrough mode to blend the real and the virtual worlds, enabling the game board to be superimposed in the physical environment.
The Demeo update for Meta Quest 2 and Quest Pro arrived on October 25 and enables players to overlay the game board on their living room table or other surfaces. The passthrough update also enables players to have a glimpse of the physical environment while they are playing. With the Meta Quest Pro, the passthrough is now available in the color.
The mixed-reality rendition of the game enables the virtual board to snap into any real-life surface. In this mode, the dice can also react to the boundaries of the player’s mapped room.
With the upcoming hand-tracking update, the game will get another layer of immersion that will give it the feel of a real-life board game experience.
Both the mixed reality and hand-tracking support features will only be available on the Quest platform. However, Demeo can also be played on other platforms including Rift, PC VR, and Pico 4 as well as in the PC flat-screen mode. The game launches on PS5 and PSVR2 in 2023.
While a hand-tracking update is highly welcome, there is still the question of whether it will be good enough and offer players a seamless and immersive experience.
The Demeo gameplay is such that even the tiniest mistakes are severely punished and players will find it frustrating when inaccurate or inefficient hand tracking causes them to lose a game. Resolution Games is yet to provide details on the Quest headsets that will provide hand-tracking support, how the hand-tracking functionality will be implemented or when this feature will be released.
It is also interesting to note the company’s mention of other mixed reality features to be added at a later date. Resolution Games teased a local multiplayer mode in a tweet which will be possible thanks to the new Quest API known as Shared Spatial Anchors.
Sip your coffee (and actually see where to place it) and slay monsters as you descend through the dungeons. Demeo is now available in mixed reality on Meta Quest 2 and Quest Pro via Passthrough! ✨ pic.twitter.com/shep3LEy0O
— Demeo (@DemeoGame) October 25, 2022
The video teaser shows that players can gather with families and friends in the local multiplayer mode around the same virtual game board and play Demeo on location, together, as long as all the players have a compatible headset. However, the studio is yet to officially confirm the local multiplayer mode.
Demeo is one of the Quest platform’s most successful games and has been undergoing regular updates and improvements following its release in May 2021. The studio has since added new adventures along with two free new character classes to the game. Another adventure will be added before the end of the year while a PVP mode will be added to the game in 2023.
The game was also expanded early in the year, incorporating a so-called Heroes’ Hangout as well as a virtual D&D for Demeo fans to meet, play or paint tabletop-style miniature figures.
In April this year, the studio released a 2D version of the game for PC with crossplay support for virtual reality platforms. The 2D version of the game takes it to players who may not have a virtual reality headset.
The virtual reality version of the game is available for Picvo 4, Quest as well as PC VR. The game arrives on both PS5 and PSVR2 in 2023.