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Dreaming of a lumberjack lifestyle? This VR sim could be the answer

Have you ever wanted to experience the heady thrill of taking axe to wood, but were crippled by a fear of rogue splinters and rabid squirrels? Limberjack could be the game for you.

Virtual reality is set to take the world by storm. Right now though, no one seems quite sure what games will work and what won’t. The result? Developers throwing ideas at the wall and seeing what sticks. This time, it’s VR lumberjacking. Check it out:

Limberjack is the ultra-realistic lumberjacking game created by Husqvarna, a specialist forestry equipment company.  The game is optimised for HTC Vive and will be available to download via Steam. As the player, you’re armed with a chainsaw and tasking with sawing off as many branches as possible. Obviously.

The gameplay revolves around ‘limbing’. The art of nimbly cutting branches off of logged trees before they can be taken away.  According to Husqvarna it is a difficult and time consuming process that is a staple of the world logging championships. Husqvarna had this to say about the game:

“VR limbing combines two extremes, one of the oldest professions in the world together with the newest technology available” and that “Husqvarna Limberjack is fun and educational and just like limbing in the real world.”

We’ve logged this as one to remember.

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