“Wrench”, VR-Enabled Mechanic Simulator, Begins Early Access December 19

Gaming 9 December 18, 2018 by

With only days to spare, it looks like Wrench will meet its autumn release date. Heading to Steam Early Access on Wednesday, December 19, it beats the Winter Solstice by two days.

When we first saw the concept for Wrench over a year ago, it piqued our interest: there’s not many games out there which allow you to work on a car in virtual reality. In fact, the only other game that lets you do anything close is the Car Mechanic Simulator (CMS) titles.

Wrench takes it a bit further than the CMS games, though. While CMS offers a wide array of parts, Wrench models every nut and bolt. However, unlike CMS, it only comes with two cars, the Bauer LTD Catfish and the Exomotive Exocet.

The Exocet might sound a bit familiar. The recent release of Forza Horizon 4’s Fortune Island added the off-road version of the vehicle to the game, while Wrench makes use of the road-racing variant.

In addition to building and repairing the Catfish and Exocet, Wrench will also let you take control of a garage. Here, you will get orders from customers requesting tune-ups and repairs to their vehicles for the upcoming race weekend.

Once you make it to the event weekend, you’ll then be able to watch how the car performs. Unfortunately, the trailer only showed a small part of this. In it, we see a logbook of sorts that displays lap times and race position. Hopefully, this mode will end up a little more in-depth as progress continues.

As for the progress, being Early Access means that Wrench will be in something of an alpha or beta state. The good news is that the developer, Alec Moody, seems pretty engaged on his website. Hopefully, this translates into a solid Early Access cycle for Wrench.

If you’re keen to try Wrench out for yourself, you can download a free demo from the Oculus Store. You do need an Oculus Rift headset to play it.

Don’t have a VR headset? No worries, once Wrench hits Steam you can play it in standard desktop mode.

You can check out the announcement trailer below to get our best look yet at the game.

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