Vigor is a new survival game from Bohemia Interactive, makers of the Arma 3 infantry simulation and DayZ, the progenitor of the modern survival shooter. The game is coming exclusively to Xbox One through the Game Preview early access program later this year.
The third-person shooter takes place in an alternate history 1991, where humanity is battling back from a devastating nuclear war in Central Europe. Set in Norway, early assets show massive mountains and sweeping vistas. The game appears to be instance-based, with engagements for groups of eight to 16 players. The game will include crafting as well as some form of base building. Other screens show a mix of NATO and Warsaw Pact weaponry as well as melee weapons like hunting knives.
Bohemia Interactive said that Vigor will launch with a for-pay Premium Founders Pack some time this year, and transition to a free-to-play model in 2019 and beyond.
The announcement of Vigor is unusual for a number of reasons. It’s the first time that Bohemia Interactive has used the Unreal Engine for a commercial video game. Traditionally, Bohemia has relied on its own proprietary game engine called Real Virtuality to create games in the Arma series. Second, Vigor could arrive on consoles before DayZ, the zombie-themed survival game that burst on to the scene in 2012 and has since lingered in an early access state on PC.
DayZ was announced for PlayStation 4 in 2014, but plans for that port were sidelined while the core team finished work on the PC version of the game. That same team announced last year that DayZ would leave Steam Early Access and arrive on Xbox One Game Preview some time in 2018, but a firm release date has not been set. The DayZ project has been troubled over the years by high-profile departures from the team including Dean Hall, the game’s creator, who left the studio in 2014, and creative director Brian Hicks, who departed in May.