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Paint the Town Red VR: Everything We Know



Dancefloor arena in Paint the Town Red VR

One of the most chaotic first-person brawling games to ever grace the system is about to touch down on VR. That’s right, Paint the Town Red VR is on the horizon, and it’s promising to deliver a “host of new features designed to take full advantage of VR.” So, if you’ve some unfinished business with a voxel rival or two from the original 2021 release, then now’s your chance to right a few wrongs — in virtual reality, no less.

So, what’s new this time around? Are there any new features implemented in the virtual reality version, or will it, more or less, be a reskin of the same game? Well, if you are looking to get your hands on the upcoming VR iteration, then be sure to read on. Here’s everything we can currently tell you about it.

What Is Paint the Town Red VR?

Arena combat in Paint the Town Red VR

If you happened to miss out on the original segment, then just know this: Paint the Town Red is a voxel-centric beat ‘em up brawler game. Specifically, it’s a “chaotic” first-person action game that involves having players wade through countless layers of foes, and harnessing the brute strength of a myriad of weapons to whittle down antagonists. Sure enough, the upcoming VR port will deliver all of the above, plus “more” — whatever that means.

Paint the Town Red VR brings the chaotic first-person melee combat into VR with unprecedented control,” the game’s description reads in part. “A fully immersive experience that places you directly into the world of Paint the Town Red, with a host of new features designed to take full advantage of VR.”


Melee combat in Paint the Town Red VR

It’s Paint the Town Red, so don’t expect anything overly complex as far as storylines go. In a similar vein to the original game that launched back in 2021, the VR counterpart will essentially drop players into one of several themed arenas—locations in which combatants will need to forage for weapons and eliminate a series of foes in a timely manner. Also like the original, the VR version will come suited and booted with three modes: Beneath, which sees players tackling a roguelike campaign as one of several classes; Arena Mode, which invites players to participate in various objectives in one of several zones; and Endless Mode, which tasks players with surviving for as long as possible against waves of enemies of all shapes and sizes.

“Interact dynamically with the world around you – grab and throw objects with real-life movements, react quickly to incoming attacks by physically dodging, or use your fists to strike down your voxel-based enemies,” the description adds. “The intuitive physics and VR controls take the action to all new heights, making the experience more visceral than ever before.”


Officer enemy in Paint the Town Red VR

Paint the Town Red VR won’t stray all that far from the original design, in the case that players will still need to either absorb bullets, or shell them out in a desperate attempt to sweep the board and whittle down the antagonists. In short, it’ll feature the same first-person conundrums that made up the console version, but will also harness the power of the VR space. So, expect to get rather comfortable with your rivals, basically.

“Wield the vast array of weapons with a new level of precision,” the game’s description boasts. “Execute jabs, swings, and slices with one-to-one precision as you fight for your survival. Dual-wield weapons for devastating combinations, and plan your attacks with the spatial awareness only possible in VR.”

“Explore the madness first hand as you are transported into the heart of action-packed brawls of the Scenarios, the fiercely competitive combat waves of the Arena, and the harrowing depths of the epic rogue-like Beneath,” the description continues. “A host of accessibility options and ways to customise the experience will allow you to make the game perfectly suit your VR setup and maximise your comfort.”


South East Games first revealed the blueprints for Paint the Town Red way back in 2014 during a game jam session. In just seven days, the team behind the project went on to lay the foundations for what would eventually become a full-fledged brawler for consoles and PC. Since then, the indie firm has implemented numerous updates into the game’s framework, and has, unsurprisingly, boosted the base concept into a virtual reality experience, complete with all the modern bells and whistles of a typical Meta Quest game.

At the time of writing, the original Paint the Town Red holds a rather impressive “Overwhelmingly Positive” score on Steam, with a whopping 95% scratched out on its slate. If all goes according to plan, then the upcoming VR version should, with any luck, emulate the features that made the original the initial hit that it was.


Paint the Town Red VR - Release Date Trailer

The good news is, there is a newer trailer of Paint the Town Red already knocking about on the net. Need we say more? You can check out all of the latest bullet-brazen theatrics in the announcement trailer embedded above.

Release Date, Platforms & Editions

Gunplay in Paint the Town Red VR

Paint the Town Red VR will be coming to Meta Quest, PS VR2, and PC VR on March 14, 2024. Are we likely to see it arrive on other headsets over the coming months? It’s hard to say. Either way, you’ll be able to get your hands on a copy of the standard version on the aforementioned platforms as early as next week.

Interested in staying up to date with Paint the Town Red VR? If so, then be sure to check in with the folks over at South East Games for all the latest updates via their official social handle here. If anything changes ahead of its 2024 launch, then we’ll be sure to fill you in on all the key details right here on


So, what’s your take? Will you be returning to the chaotic world of Paint the Town Red VR when it arrives on its chosen headsets? Let us know your thoughts over on our socials here.

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