Giles Goddard, veteran programmer who worked on the likes of Star Fox and Super Mario 64 (he programmed Mario’s squidgy face on the splash screen), has wanted to make a ‘new’ 1080° Snowboarding for some time now, and his development and publishing company Chuhai Labs has now lifted the lid on its new spiritual successor, Carve Snowboarding, as part of the Oculus Gaming Showcase.
Yes, it seems that fans of Ricky Winterborn, Dion Blaster and the rest of the cool ‘boarders from the N64 classic will be left out in the cold for some time yet, unfortunately. This new game — prominently billed as “From The Creator Of 1080° Snowboarding” in the reveal trailer (above) — is an Oculus VR exclusive.
Goddard had hinted previously that, subject to funding, he was working on “the best goddam snowboarding game you’ve ever played”, and it would appear that Facebook came up with the green to make the dream come true. The game is coming to Oculus Quest and Rift platforms, with no mention of releases on other platforms at the moment, let alone consoles.
The concept of snowboarding in VR might seem a tad awkward, but as you can see from the trailer, it has the potential to really give you the sense of hurtling down the side of a mountain at breakneck speed. The trailer also features a couple of light-hearted moments — yes, you can pet the dog! — including an Easter Egg featuring a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it homage to Back to the Future and Marty McFly’s hoverboard:
So, what are the chances of this coming to Switch in any form? Well, we’ve seen VR exclusives like Superhot make the jump to the console successfully, but just looking at this trailer it’s hard to imagine how Carve Snowboarding would translate to a TV screen, or even a handheld screen, without seriously altering the experience. While Chuhai Labs is obviously keeping quiet about future plans, a third-person mode isn’t totally beyond the realms of possibility, though.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed and we’ll be looking out for more info on this… before sliding our original 1080 cart into our N64 and taking Panda dude for a spin.