900lbs of Creative debuted its own virtual reality goalie simulation game for Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas. The game immerses a user in a penalty shootout situation from the viewpoint of the goalie. Using infrared sensors, the game tracks the user’s movements in real-time as they dive across the goal to block incoming shots. 900lbs released the game on the HTC Vive on Oct. 8 during FC Dallas’ Meet The Team event at Toyota Stadium.
According to 900lbs website, the event took off when FC Dallas owner Dan Hunt, coach Oscar Pareja and starting goalkeeper Chris Seitz all gave the game a whirl. “Soccer is becoming so much more popular in the United States and it’s an exciting time for the sport,” 900lbs of Creative CEO Steve Deitz said in a statement. “Interactive technology is our tool and we can create more ‘layers’ for the game experience and help generate more fans.” The company hopes that the game will aid in fans’ game day experiences as well as developing hand-eye coordination skills in a different way. As a company, 900lbs of Creative sees the game as an opportunity to mold the game to fit those individuals with disabilities in order to get them virtual field experience.