This week is a big deal for one of Meta’s most popular VR games. This Thursday at 12pm PST, Population: one will change in the most forward-looking way yet. That’s when his latest map addition, Metropolis, goes live. BigBox VR, Inc. was once again kind enough to hook us up with Early Access, and after a quick demo, it’s clear that this VR experience will scratch that cyberpunk itch, too.
Yes, it’s pretty much a new area. And yes, the new areas themselves are not a new concept for Population: one except the scale and vibe of this one is unparalleled. Replacing the Refinery, Metropolis is a neighborhood for those who love their share of futuristic urban neon. It is larger than the Refinery and incredibly complex and tall. It feels like there are blocks to go which, especially in VR, and especially compared to most Minecraft cities, is quite a feat. The area has decoration and literally adds more color than the current one Population: one Your.
Strategically, the vertical elements of the new building layout lend tons of variety to a game where you can climb anything and slide almost anywhere. This feeling that there are blocks to explore is partly due to the fact that the area is full of walls and levels. This is a region containing at least hundreds of ambushes and hideouts. Tons of loot spots. And, separated from the shooters like Counter-Strike or VR pavlov, players should always be careful from all directions while exploring. Metropolis is one region that is showing more clearly than ever that checking ceilings is a good idea. Add to that the strategic element of being able to fly over pretty much the entire map from the tallest tower in Metropolis, and players will find tons of reasons to settle there.
More than indoor diving activities which might feel more claustrophobic (à la Saints and sinners), this area manages to look more like an ultra-modern city tour. Metropolis comes with its obligatory nightclub, as well as items for lore hunters. It brings views for days and nights as it also adds a night mode – after Thursday, one in three matches will be at night. Metropolis also features new characters, new skins, and best of all, jump pads that will add to the navigation options. Don’t ask how, but these springboards also work for ghosts, so players working for respawns in Metropolis can also run less.
As for weapons, Metropolis offers a Cyber Sword which seems to offer similar benefits to Excalibur. Even though this weapon ignores shields, it won’t be the best offensive tool in most situations. It really is better for its speed boost utility which also allows players to slide faster. It’s more than just a nostalgia-inducing tool for the lightsaber, it alone makes it an interesting slot in a player’s backpack.
All in all, Metropolis is an update that will give the Vegas Strip a hard time. If you want to tune in to try your own shots, the patch will go live and come with a Metropolis Battle Royale mode (18 players) with citywide deathmatch. We thought so when we posted this Population: one is one of the best VR shooters to have in your library. With this update, BigBoxVR shows that it’s still spreading and staying fresh.