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Platforms: PC
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
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Description
Virtual-O is a game in which you battle only with nature. Your only weapons are your skills, a map and a compass. And as you will come to realize, nature can be a formidable adversary…

What is orienteering
Orienteering is a sport in which the athletes use a map and a compass to navigate between checkpoints - called controls - in diverse and unfamiliar terrain.

The history of orienteering began in the late 19th century in Sweden, where it originated from military training. The actual term "orienteering" was first used in 1886 at the Swedish Military Academy Karlberg and referred to the crossing of unknown land with the aid of a map and a compass.



As an athlete you must navigate through the entire course from start to finish, visiting all the controls in order. To win, you must successfully decide on the fastest routes between controls, and do so quickly. Choosing an inefficient route can cost you valuable seconds, or even minutes. And you must execute your plan, running through the terrain while using your map reading skills to keep your bearings..

Orienteering can be a lifesaving skill
Getting lost in the wilderness can put you in a life threatening situation. Knowing how to navigate with a map and a compass is not only cool; such skills can and often do save lives.



Realistic simulation
The main objective for Virtual-O is to create a full featured orienteering/navigation simulator that will be accessible for all people – from novice to top level – to improve their navigational skills. It should be sufficiently realistic to provide useful practice even for elite orienteers. Key points include:
  • Realistic running speed model. All features of the terrain affect your running speed in a realistic manner, making the route choice an important decision
  • Full day and night cycle
  • Living and breathing environment
  • Realistic simulation of compass and map
  • Virtual terrains made from laser scans and orienteering maps of real world terrains

State of the art real world terrains
Worlds in Virtual-O are generated from real orienteering maps. They are among the most detailed of any type of map. Here are some features of the rocky map seen in the trailer:
  • Terrain is created from laser scanned data of the area (LIDAR)
  • All objects in the terrain (trees, bushes, rocks, paths etc.) are generated based on the input orienteering map.
  • Contains over 45 000 trees and bushes
All of this results in an astounding amount of detail that corresponds very well to the real world terrain.



New challenges
As your navigation skill improves, you can try new challenges:
  • Night orienteering
  • Create your own courses
  • Train without a compass
  • Special training with limited map (for instance using only contours for navigation)

Easy to learn?
Orienteering is a wonderful sport. But mastering the required skills is not easy. Virtual-O is prepared to help you. You can start with a tutorial or use the provided system of map assistants that will help you handle the map and keep your bearings while taking your first steps into the world of orienteering. It's a system similar to driving assistants in formula/car simulations. You can disable these when you feel you are ready.

Virtual-O will support three different game speed modes to satisfy all levels of players



Given sufficient interest from users, there are endless possibilities for exciting future enhancements
Here are some of the features that are under consideration for development:
  • User created maps
    A map converter that will enable you to convert real world maps to playable maps in Virtual-O
  • Competitions and ranking lists
    Participate in ranked competitions and compare your results and route choices with players across the world
  • Virtual Reality
    Support for VR headsets like Oculus Rift
  • Other platforms
    Support for Mac and Linux

Press or read something that was written about Virtual-O
http://news.worldofo.com/2016/02/16/virtual-o-your-only-weapons-are-a-map-and-a-compass/

References
1. History of orienteering wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_orienteering

Popular Discussions View All (8)
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May 24, 2016 @ 5:20am
Release
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Feb 24, 2016 @ 1:43pm
Importing our own maps
Meftaminas
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Sep 7, 2016 @ 3:09pm
Mapping idea!
Julz
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MySticaL Nov 17, 2016 @ 9:20am 
PLS!Give info for release date
DarkForce Nov 17, 2016 @ 2:48am 
Please add in this game Russian Language
thomas Nov 15, 2016 @ 8:59am 
EARLY ALPHA SOON, LOOKING FORWARD!
GreenFox™ Sep 25, 2016 @ 12:54am 
When will it be released?
Гном блэт Sep 18, 2016 @ 2:03am 
Я тоже ориентировщик из команды ОЛИМП, очень жду выхода этой игры)))))))))
Надеюсь она не будет стоить очень много
Sasha Shtal Jul 16, 2016 @ 1:22pm 
Долго ждал симулятор ориентирования. Я сам занимаюсь этим видом спорта уже 5 лет в клубе Orienta Ski-O Team и я был бы рад, если в игре можно было присоединиться к клубам или создать свой.
Julz Jul 12, 2016 @ 4:52am 
It's not a damn walking sim, it's a running sim!
ナツサラマンダー Jun 27, 2016 @ 6:26am 
Изи тренировать технику бега, выбор варинатов и т.д.
Andre | AlienX Jun 17, 2016 @ 6:50am 
So, walking simulator .-.
Avvenatoor3000☭ Jun 9, 2016 @ 6:18am 
Can´t wait until it comes out!