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Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing, also known by its Japanese title (unofficial), Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Race (リトルウィッチアカデミア -VRホウキレース- Ritoru Witchi Akademia: VR Houkirēsu?)[1] is a Kickstarter (English)[2] and Campfire (Japanese)[3] VR Game Project by UNIVRS. On December 22, 2020, the game was announced to be released on the (Oculus) Quest Store.[4]

Overview

One November day after the magic festival, there's a sudden change in the Luna Nova Witchcraft Academy: an unexpected overflow of previously-scarce magic power!

The school quickly invites guest students to help with consuming this excess magic, and you're one of them.

Practice with Akko and the other students to win the Stella Cup at the last day of your term, a two-witch team broom race!

“Together, we can fly!”

Plot

Prologue

It all started when the Guest Student arrived at the woods not far from Luna Nova. She is soon greeted by Akko who crash-landed in front of her because of the poor control over her broom and gives her Neby, a smart crystal issued for the newcomer and other guest students like her. Alongside Neby, both girls set out for Luna Nova with Akko showed the newcomer how to perform Flight Spell, though it is eventually Neby who does so as the Japanese loses control over her broom, again.

Catching up with Akko at the balcony of the Headmistress' office, the guest student is introduced to the academy before the Japanese has the smart crystal showing her which dorm room she would stay at. It is there she may free to customize magic brooms in her disposal and accessing Luna Net to buy more powerful brooms and related equipment with gathered Luna Points and Luna Tickets before moving on to meet up with Akko and her fellow Luna Nova students.

Stage 1: Bond Magic

Welcome to Luna Nova Witchcraft Academy!
Akko has been waiting for you. "Let's fly together!", she says.
But how...?

—Stage 1's description.

After taking her time preparing and getting used with her new room, Guest Student meets up with Akko and is informed about the upcoming Stellar Cup at the end of the guest enrollment. Not surprisingly, the Japanese is more than eager to participate in such event and urged the newcomer to join her in their training together, reassuring her own moderate broom flight skill won't be detrimental since they use Bond Magic, a Flight Magic Spell that allows two casters to share one another's magic power as they fly with their respective broom and empowered by their bond to each other. Akko also explained that Professor Ursula and the rest of the faculty are too occupied with a certain ritual, leaving her in charge of introducing Guest Student things in the academy.

True to her statement about Bond Magic, Akko and Guest Student managed to fly together with no problem whatsoever, more so with the latter proved to be fare better than the Japanese. Before the two parted ways, Akko states that she's going to introduce Guest Student with her roommates soon.

Stage 2: The Starlink Ritual

Magical power has been surging around Luna Nova! What's going on? Lotte will fill you in.
Fly around the entire campus and practice those turns!

—Stage 2's description.

Later that afternoon, the Guest Student meets Lotte who brings her to the courtyard where students of Luna Nova hone their skill in broom flight. Just then, Akko shows up to check on both of them and reminded the latter about the academy's latest situation. It's revealed that the air around Luna Nova is overflown with magic for some reasons and it necessitated the academy's professors to conduct Starlink Ritual via. Leyrings (rings Guest Student and co. pass through during the race) to return the excess power back to Ley Lines. The ritual itself takes a few days to complete and in that mean time, the students are encouraged to fly around with their brooms as they please so as things will be easier in the professors' own part. Such phenomenon has its own fair share of benefits however, as that also means Stellar Cup can be held at Luna Nova in its fullest given that such competition involved larger amount of magic power usage than other forms of broom race owing to the use of Bond Magic Spell in it as well as why guests students are invited in the first place. Despite this, they need to further hone their broom flight skill so they all ready for the upcoming Stellar Cup.

After another training, this time with Lotte tagged along, the Guest Student's broom flight skill improved further to the point of the latter remarked her being better than Akko, much to the Japanese's envy that she (Akko) will become as good as Shiny Chariot someday. Akko then wondered why everyone is not using Bond Magic Spell all the time, and Lotte explained such spell deemed impractical during the magic-scarce modern age because of using a lot of magic power, though such setback is no longer the case with magic has returned to the world. Before the three girls called it a day since it's already late, Lotte revealed that she and Akko have another roommate to meet tomorrow; Sucy.

Stage 3: Mushroom Outbreak

Oh Shiitake!
Sucy's experiments caused a massive fungal bloom! Did she have Cremini intent?
What dangers lurk in these fields of mushrooms?

—Stage 3's description.

To Akko and Guest Student's shock, a field of giant mushrooms and other things (which obviously the recreation of Sucy's inner world) appeared near Luna Nova. The one behind such phenomenon was none other than Sucy who more or less intended it to happen through her magical experiment, though the effect obviously beyond her expectations owing to the amount of overflown magic in the air. Guest Student then introduced to the young Manbavaran who confirmed her to be the one who everyone talked about before expressed her indifference to event that just transpired, much to Neby's chagrin. Despite this, the smart crystal agrees with Akko about dealing the overflow of magic power through another broom race practice before insisted Sucy to do the same.

To Akko's further chagrin, Sucy commented Guest Student's superior flight skill as with Lotte on the other day. As she makes it clear that she will become a better flyer than Amanda and Diana, the girls noticed the latter showed up at last, much to Akko's curiosity that she decided to talk to her with Guest Student in pursuit.

Stage 4: Stardust Ghosts

The magical surge continues to mystify! Luna Nova's top student is on the case!
Shoot and purify ghosts with Diana.

—Stage 4's description.

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Stage 5: Giant Tree

A gargantuan tree has grown near Luna Nova!
Amanda just wants to practice her moves!

—Stage 5's description.

Stage 6: Masses of Magic

Stardust Ghosts are flocking to the Giant Tree. What is attracting them?
Watch out for Ghosts and gimmicks lurking in the branches and leaves.

—Stage 6's description.

Gameplay

Unlike Chamber of Time, Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing is viewed through 3D first person perspective like other simulation games. Its gameplay is split into four sections:

Character Customization

When starting a new game, you are required to determine the appearance of your player character, Guest Student. On the character creation screen, you can do three different things:

  • Choosing her body type (short, slender, and stocky)
  • Choosing her hairstyle (curly, side ponytail, and short not unlike Ursula in her younger days), and lastly,
  • Choosing both hair color and skin tone.

You may revise her appearance once again in the Title menu.

Magic Training and Stellar Cup

Magic training is where you may hone your broom flight skill alongside your partner and deepen your bond with her as the preparation to enter the upcoming Stellar Cup. During the prologue's tutorial section however, you fly alone as Neby helps you familiarize with controls. You can score points by flying through Green Leyrings positioned above Leyroad (the path of light that has been prepared to highlight the course of the race) and entering Warp Rings (Orange Leyrings) a few times to quickly reach Goal Ring at the start of the race all while staying in the course and evade walls, ground, and structures on the Leyroad (ex. flag pole, tree branches).

Decelerator Sphere and Accelerator Sphere LWA VRBM.jpg

There are two main obstacles that can be encountered in the game:

  • Decelerator Sphere: A purple sphere adorned with white spider web-like pattern. Hitting one will slow your broom down.
  • Accelerator Sphere: An emerald sphere with a pair of white bird-like wings. Hitting one will temporarily boost your broom's speed.

Three items that can be gained from Item Boxes; Acceleration (left), Super Acceleration (center), and Deceleration (right)

By flying through any of item boxes prepared within the course, you may receive following items:

  • Acceleration Item: A golden Luna Nova Insignia-themed medal bearing a symbol in form a pair of white wings on emerald background. Increases your broom's speed for a limited amount of time.
  • Super Acceleration Item: A rainbow-colored Luna Nova Insignia-themed medal bearing a symbol in form a pair of white wings on emerald background. Increases your broom's speed for a limited amount of time.
  • Deceleration Item: A golden Luna Nova Insignia-themed medal bearing a symbol in form a white spider web on purple background. Temporarily decrease your broom's speed.

Whereas flying through Green Leyrings without crashing into anything and reached the first place during the race earn you lots of Luna Points, Luna Tickets can be earned through completing secondary objectives.

In addition of broom race, the player also participates in Ghost Hunt where they must purify Starlink Ghosts that infested Leyroads. Bond Magic Spell performed as part of both Starlink Ritual and broom race which involves the use of Leyrings, instruments for conducting the former, generates strong magic current that not only assisting in returning the excess power back to Ley Lines, but also produced blur-like dimensional rifts from which ghosts return to the land of the living while warped at the same time in the process. Said rifts moved along the Leyroad until disappearing as soon as it reached the end and in that mean time, the player and her partner must stay close to the rift and banish emerging ghosts along the way in the meantime.

Broom Customization

This is where you may select which broom that suit you best be during the broom race and ghost hunt. After selecting a broom, you can improve its performance by inserting at least 3 Broom Stars, special gems that can bolster a broom's parameters, to improve its performance.

Luna Net

Luna Net is where you can spend Luna Points gathered from broom race and ghost hunt to buy more powerful brooms and Broom Stars. You may also trade certain amount of Luna Points with Luna Tickets to buy things as well.

Characters

Trivia

  • The game takes place after "Tree of Leaves", approximately seven months after Akko managed to levitate off the ground with her broom given to how she loses control over her broom like in short film, the absence of Shiny Rod, and other characters' notes about the abundance of magic in the air (though magic is overflowing around Luna Nova for some reasons by the time of Guest Student's arrival).
  • The game was originally planned to be released in June 2020, but ultimately postponed to Octo 13, 2020 in the light of COVID-19 [5]

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Images

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Concept Arts

Videos

Reveal Teaser
Official trailer
YURiKA plays the game

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 リトルウィッチアカデミア -VRホウキレース- (official site; in Japanese)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kickstarter - "Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing" New VR Game Project
  3. 3.0 3.1 Campfire - 『リトルウィッチアカデミア-VRホウキレース- 』制作プロジェクト! (in Japanese)
  4. Twitter - 1:05 AM · Dec 22, 2020 @UNIVRSinc: 『リトルウィッチアカデミアVR ほうき星に願いを』応援RTキャンペーン最終第八弾
    この投稿をRTいただいた方から抽選で2名様にヤスミンカ役 #上田麗奈 さん直筆サイン入りポストカードをプレゼント
    締切: 12/28 23:59
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    #LWAVR #LWA_jp #Oculus #Quest2
  5. https://twitter.com/LWA_VR/status/1258109099276828672?s=19

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