It's been a year since the HTC VIVE launched the company is dropping freebies to celebrate: A free month of Viveport Subscription; a free download of Arcade Saga; and $100 off Vive for new customers.
On April 5, all year-one Vive purchasers can redeem a free copy of Vive Studios' VR action game Arcade Saga, and new customers will receive $100 off Vive on April 5th. Developed by HTC's internal studio 2Bears Studios, Arcade Saga has three game types - Smash, Bowshot and Fracture that take inspiration from pinball, table tennis and archery, and add the physics and physicality of VR. Each game type has head-to-head online multiplayer and a campaign mode with 84 levels to master and room-scale busting boss fights to overcome.
In addition, the company will launch Viveport Subscription on April 5, introducing the first-ever subscription model for a VR app store. The service gives Vive owners a new way to navigate the VR app marketplace and discover new content for a $6.99 monthly fee. Viveport Subscription will launch with a one month free trial offer for all new users.
For developers, the subscription model represents an additional revenue channel and a way to reach broader audiences. Viveport Subscription is launching with more than 50 titles available including VR apps such as TheBlu, Richie's Plank Experience, Everest VR, Fantastic Contraption, Mars Odyssey and more.