We live in a world where people may actually think that a chainsaw’s primary purpose is to mow down aliens, demons, or zombies. While Ash Williams might agree with that sentiment, Adweek has reported Swedish chainsaw manufacturer Husqvarna has come up with a way for you to try using one the way it was intended.
Working with DigitasLBi Nordics, Husqvarna has released Limberjack, a virtual reality game for the HTC Vive. In this game, you become a lumberjack, tasked with cutting 24 limbs off a log in the fastest time possible. This process is conveniently known as “limbering.”
Peder Sandqvist, head or VR and AR for DigitasLBi, stated that he and his team worked with experienced Swedish lumberjacks to learn everything they could about logging when developing the game. They wanted to make the experience of wielding the Husqvarna 369 chainsaw as realistic as possible. They even had the lumberjacks test the game themselves to ensure accuracy.
Sandqvist said one of the challenges was working around the weight issue, as the controllers for the Vive are much lighter than the 369. Fans who got to demo the game at the recent World Logging Championships in Poland didn’t have to worry, as they hooked the controllers up to actual chainsaws to get a more real world experience (there’s been nothing on the news as of late, so I am sure all proper safety precautions were taken).
While at first glance this game does seem a little odd, watching it in action and seeing the party game aspect with the “beat the clock” challenge, I can definitely see the enjoyment in it. Especially if they were to throw in some Monty Python DLC (we can dream!).
So what do you think? Will you be adding Limberjack to your virtual gaming library? Let me know on Twitter or chop me down to size in the comments below.
Image: Husqvarna UK