Zenith: The Last City is arguably the most successful MMORPG in VR right now, and developers Ramen VR announced its next major content patch will finally bring player versus player (PvP) combat to the game.
Called Skyward Summit, the update is said to focus on one-on-one and team duels, and will also include the long-teased Cyber Ninja class.
Projected for release in Q2 2023, Skyward Summit is also slated to introduce other new features such as player housing, resource harvesting, and crafting.
Late last month the studio released a preview video that shows off some of the upcoming features:
As the result of a fairly successful Kickstarter campaign in 2019, Ramen VR released Zenith in late 2020 on all major VR headsets at the time, which included the original Quest, PSVR, and SteamVR headsets.
With the launch of its 1.3 Skyward Summit patch, the game will end support for both the original PSVR and Quest 1 headsets. The studio says this means the game will continue to run on PSVR1, but it be on its own dedicated shard and will not be updated beyond the current patch (1.2.2). As for Quest 1, the game will continue to run on the current patch but be shut down on September 23, 2023.
This ostensibly also means that once the next update is released, those headsets will no longer be able to cross-play with later versions of the game.
“We are committed to delivering the best possible experience to all of our players and we are confident that this decision will ultimately lead to a more stable, seamless, and enjoyable experience for all users moving forward,” the studio says in a blog post.
The second round of alpha tests are set to launch on April 18th, although PSVR 2 users won’t be able to access test channels, which the studio is only making available for Quest 2 and SteamVR users.
If you’re interested in testing out the Skyward Summit update, click here (Discord invite).
Update (April 12th, 2023 – 10: 37AM PT): Added clarification that Zenith on PSVR 1 will continue to function, but will not be updated beyond the current patch. Zenith on Quest 1 will continue to function on the current patch but no longer be playable as of September 23rd, 2023.