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2017 has been a tremendous year so far for the VR and AR industry with amazing announcements, sales, and releases. Last year we saw the first highly budgeted VR title, Robo Recall, get released on the Oculus Rift which drew in a lot of good attention. Most people who played the VR game really enjoyed what Epic Games has done with the title and its quality output.
Here are some of the other highly budgeted VR games that are available today or will be available in the near future.
This portion lists all of the confirmed games coming to VR
Defector is an upcoming new spy action VR game from Twisted Pixels (creators of Wilsons Heart) and Oculus Studios that’s ready to bring some new unique content to the platform. Being an exclusive title, the two teams have put a lot of work into this title to make it fresh and exciting for the Rift users.
Defector is set to release some time in 2018 and we are looking forward to playing this unique game in VR created by Twisted Pixel and Oculus Studios.
Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot VR
Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot drops you into the role of a resistance hacker on a mission to tear apart the Nazi forces in Paris using their own machines. Take control of a fire-breathing Panzerhund and more as you fight Nazis in the City of Love in order to aid the French resistance.
Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot will be available as a standalone VR game sometime in 2019. They haven’t specified which platforms the game will be coming to. In the past, they’ve released their games on PlayStation VR, Oculus, and the HTC Vive.
In Stormland, you’re an android gardener on a lush alien planet, but The Tempest shattered your android body. Now you must journey through an ever-changing cloudscape to augment yourself and save your friends. Explore an expansive world with complete freedom—bound up cliffs, glide across chasms, and fly through the slipstream with velocity.
Detonate explosives, harness electricity, and wield makeshift weapons to overcome titanium sentries and monolithic guardians. You will be able to play Stormland in single-player mode or explore the forgotten ruins together with friends.
Stormland is a work in progress title where we’ll be learning about the release date later down the road. This will be an exclusive title on the Oculus Rift developed by Insomniac Games.
Marvel Powers United
Marvel Powers United will be the first VR game put out by Marvel Entertainment that focuses on their superheroes with their amazing powers. The game was first announced this year at D23 and is scheduled to make its release some time in 2018. Marvel Powers United will be available on Oculus Rift with no words on it being available on the HTC Vive or PSVR.
Marvel Powers United VR was developed by Sanzaru Games, the team behind VR Sports Challenge and Ripcoil. The heroes that have been announced include: Rocket Raccoon, Deadpool, Captain Marvel, The Hulk, Ronan the Accuser, Crystal, Black Bolt, Thor, and Loki with more to come.
There isn’t a set price yet on the game nor a specific release date. Stay tuned for further updates on Marvel Powers United.
Ready At Dawn studios, the creators of titles such as God of War, The Order: 1886, Lone Echo and Echo Arena have announced that they’ll be releasing a follow-up game to Echo Arena called Echo Combat.
There isn’t much known about the new title besides it being a follow-up game to Lone Echo and Echo arena. We anticipate that it will be a competitive VR game set within an arena in space. Echo Combat is set to release some time in 2018 but there isn’t a specific release date beyond that just yet.
Titanfall Creator Respawn
Respawn Entertainment, creators of Titanfall, have announced that they’ll be releasing a brand new AAA VR title in partnership with Oculus. The date has been set for 2019 and we don’t yet know the specifics of the content. All we know is that Respawn is aiming high in this new field and will be challenging other studios in what future gaming looks like.
Beat Saber has been one of the few VR games recently that have drawn a lot of attention prior to release. Created by Hyperbolic Magnetism the game will offer users a chance to wield dual light sabers in their hands and crush oncoming objects to the rhythm of a beat.
In Beat Saber, you will find that every beat indicates which saber you need to use and also the direction you need to match. All the music is composed to perfectly fit the handcrafted levels. The goal of the game is to make players dance while cutting the cubes and avoiding obstacles. Each cut is strongly supported by great sound and visual effects to emphasize the rhythm in VR.
Beat Saber is now available on Steam for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive for $19.99.
In The Inpatient, you’ll be discovering who you are before it’s all too late. This PS VR exclusive title is set in the Blackwood Sanatorium taking place 60 years prior to the hit title, ‘Until Dawn.’
Players will be taking on the role of an amnesiac inpatient who must find out who you are and why you are in the Sanatorium. With a branching narrative, and different endings; every choice you make can drastically affect the way the game plays out.
Every choice you make in the game will have its own unique consequences. Your life (and the lives of those around you), are dramatically affected by the decisions you make. You can purchase the game today for $39.99.
Firewall: Zero Hours VR
The Sony team announced a new upcoming PSVR FPS game called Firewall: Zero Hour. This will be a new tactical shooter game developed by First Contact Entertainment.
Firewall: Zero Hour will be a 4 vs 4 multiplayer game where players are equipped with various weapons and tactical devices such as radars, grenades, etc. The two teams of mercenaries are hired by anonymous contract handlers to either protect or obtain highly sensitive information on a laptop in dangerous and exotic locations around the globe.
So far there is little detail on when Firewall: Zero Hour will be released but we expect it to make its debut some time in 2018. The game will be available on the PSVR with no detail on its release for the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift.
LA Noire: The VR Case Files
Rockstar Games has confirmed that LA Noire will be released in VR through a new title called LA Noire: The VR Case Files. This new VR experience will feature seven select cases from the original game rebuilt specifically for a virtual reality experience on the HTC Vive. Rockstar Games will also be releasing new versions of LA Noire for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
“We’re excited to bring LA Noire’s unique mix of real detective work, classic Hollywood atmosphere and thrilling action to these new platforms,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “Now with a choice of spectacular virtual reality, stunning 4K, or the freedom of portable play, these enhanced versions are a perfect opportunity for players to experience this richly detailed world in a whole new way.”
There have been riddling rumors of this becoming a VR experience just like how there have been rumors about Skyrim VR. But now we know for a fact that LA Noire: The VR Case Files will be released in VR. There aren’t any words yet on its availability for Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR.
L.A. Noire was first released in 2011, which sort of makes it an outdated game. But given it’s unusually high-rating, people will probably embrace the title and be more than happy to play the game again over again in VR. We’ll keep you updated on any further development.
LA Noire: The VR Case Files is now available for $29.99. You can purchase the game today.
Fallout 4 VR
Bethesda has recently announced that Fallout 4 will be coming to VR with the release set to launch in October. The creative studio will be making a full adaptation of the game onto the VR platform where users will have the ability to experience the amazing story in all it’s glory. Just a couple of months ago Pete Hines, VP of Marketing at Bethesda, stated, “Fallout4 VR is the most incredible thing you’ve ever seen in your life. You can’t even imagine what it’s like playing in VR and how realistic it looks. And everywhere you turn your head, it’s going to blow your mind.” During E3, we had to pleasure of seeing it up close in-person and it really is something to be seen.
Fallout 4 VR is now available for $59.99 on Steam.
Project Cars 2
Slightly Mad Studios released an amazing simulation for VR called Project Cars 2. This is an original follow-up to their first simulation game called Project Cars which showcases some of the supercars available today. The game boasts some of the best quality graphics we’ve seen to date in VR while providing an accurate portrayal of what driving cars would be like in racing environments. As a matter of fact, a lot of professional drivers use Project Cars 2 to stay focused and train for real races.
In an interview with Tom’s Hardware, Rod Chong from Slightly Mad Studios stated, “We’ve been working hard to make sure that Project Cars 2 is as immersive as possible. There’s a lot of new things we’re doing in Project Cars 2, such as new rendering techniques, which will smooth the VR experience and make sure everything is fully optimized for both Oculus and HTC.
We think that VR is a paradigm shift, because now, you’re in the action. You’re no longer just translating to a flat screen, or even three flat screens. You’re driving a car, and your body thinks it’s driving a car after a while. We’re always thinking of new ways to progress that, and we think hand tracking will be the next step. Right now, if you look at your hands with a headset on, they’ll be glued to the position of your steering wheel, and your hand will only move when the game detects a gear shift. Currently, hand-tracking is too slow. If you were to pull a physical handbrake, the animation would be behind you. We believe that when VR systems catch up, you’ll be able to interact with different parts of the car in real time, and we look forward to seeing that in the future.”
They’ve also announced the full list of cars that’ll be available to drive in Project Cars 2 including the Acura NSX and Ford GT.
Project Cars 2 is now available on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive for $59.99.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Star Trek: Bridge Crew is currently available on the marketplace, developed by Red Storm Entertainment and published by Ubisoft. This unique VR title is a first of its kind allowing you to join a group of friends to command the U.S.S. Aegis and explore the vast universe. During a briefing held at GDC 2017, Chris Early, VP of Digital Publishing at Ubisoft has announced that Star Trek Bridge Crew VR will have more than 40 hours of gameplay and experiences.
Veteran Star Trek actors LeVar Burton, Karl Urban, and Jeri Ryan were some of the lucky few that have played the VR game with nothing but praise.
Payday 2 VR
Overkill Software has recently announced that Payday 2 will make its way to VR with a full version of the game. This spunky game allows you to go on epic heists with your friends, robbing from places such as banks, jewelry stores, and other set places. Overkill also mentioned that any gameplay you’ve already unlocked will be available on the VR version. The game will also allow you to cross-play with friends who don’t own a VR headset. Additionally, if you already own a PC copy of the game, Payday 2 VR will be free for HTC Vive users.
The game is now available for free if you already own a copy of PayDay 2 VR or $20.16 for new users on Steam.
Doom VFR was something that Bethesda kept secret until the last minute at E3 2017. It’ll follow the tailored lineage of bringing the fast-paced, brutal gameplay fans of the series love to virtual reality. You’ll be playing as a cybernetic survivor who is activated by the UAC to fight the demon invasion, maintain order, and prevent catastrophic failure at the Mars facility.
If you flinched the first time you saw a meaty Mancubus charging at you in last year’s critically acclaimed DOOM, wait till you get up close and even more personal with rampaging demons in DOOM VFR.
Bethesda let it shine during this year’s E3 conference where they announced the highly anticipated title, Skyrim to VR. While it was only a rumor for the longest of times, Bethesda managed to surprise us with this big announcement. Skyrim will be recreated in the VR world where you’ll once again embark on the most epic journeys.
“A true, full-length open-world game for VR has arrived from award-winning developers, Bethesda Game Studios,” states Bethesda. “Skyrim VR reimagines the complete epic fantasy masterpiece with an unparalleled sense of scale, depth, and immersion. “From battling ancient dragons to exploring rugged mountains and more, Skyrim VR brings to life a complete open world for you to experience any way you choose. Skyrim VR includes the critically-acclaimed core game and official add-ons – Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn.”
Lone Echo & Echo Arena
Ready at Dawn studios is no stranger in creating highly anticipated titles. They’ve developed popular video games such as ‘The Order: 1886’ which was met with a strong turnout in sales (over 1.75 million copies worldwide). But this will be the first VR game that the studio has created.
Being that Lone Echo is the first VR title Ready at Dawn Studios has worked on, they were met with calculated challenges in locomotion and design. During GDC 2017, Jake Copenhaver, the lead gameplay programmer at Ready At Dawn, gave a presentation about the game and the issues Ready at Dawn studios had to overcome.
Lone Echo is set to release on July 20th alongside the highly promising arcade version, Echo Arena. Oculus along with Intel and ESL will be holding the first VR esports tournament next year in Poland with a whopping prize-pool of over $200,000.
Lone Echo is now available on the Oculus Rift for $39.99.
ARKTIKA.1 is a AAA VR game developed by 4A games, exclusive to the Oculus Rift. The game itself is a first person shooter VR game that takes place in the year 2120 in a post-apocalyptic setting where small pockets of human colonies struggle to survive throughout the new ice age that has dawned on the planet. Users will play as a hired mercenary by Citadel Security to protect one of the last colonies in the wastelands of old Russia. You’ll be combating violent raiders, marauders, and other horrifying mutated creatures.
ARKTIKA.1 will allow you to dual-wield weapons to have a better chance at taking down your enemies. The game also seems to be teleportation based rather than locomotion. But this might be updated with future DLC’s like the way Robo Recall was done.
ARKTIKA.1 is available for purchase at the Oculus Store today for $29.99.
Moss by Polyarc Studios is a fun VR game that’ll be coming to PlayStation VR towards the end of the year. This unique story tells the adventures of a brave female mouse warrior named Quill. She is on a journey in a remote forest settlement who’s fated to be the key in a much larger story. You’ll be guiding Quill while also directly manipulating the field of play as your own character. Mutual communication and shared victories strengthen their connection to one another.
“In Moss, players can reach out, touch, and interact with the environment while guiding Quill through her journey. As a character within the world, players will work together with Quill to solve puzzles, overcome obstacles, and conquer any danger that comes their way,” said Danny Bulla, co-founder and design director of Polyarc. “As gamers, we’ve been conditioned for years to hold a gamepad in our laps when playing games, letting our thumbs and fingers do the controlling. It has been a great experience to create an immersive game that encourages players to reach into and interact with a tactile world.”
Moss is not yet available for pre-orders. Updates to follow.
Star Child by Playful Corp is another game that’ll be coming to PlayStation VR. Developed by the same people that brought us Lucky’s Tale for the Oculus Rift, Star Child will let you control a main female protagonist who looks to be on an adventure to find something dear to her. While we don’t quite yet know the full storyline, the short demo provided us with certain understanding of what Playful’s trying to achieve. “Star-Child is more of a mystery, explained Paul Bettner, CEO of Playful Corp. “But we don’t want to give away too much, too soon.”
The game is still in development so there’s no word yet on a release date. Updates to follow.
Valve making 3 unique VR titles
Gabe Newell mentioned earlier this year that Valve will be releasing three new titles made for VR. “We have this theory: we think we can make three big games, we think that we know enough now to do that, and we’re going to find out if that’s the case,” said Gabe Newll. “We’re pretty sure that all the game developers are going to learn positive or negative lessons from what we do, which is sort of where we think we need to be,” he said.”
Currently, there isn’t a set timeline on when we can expect these VR titles. All we know is that we’ll be seeing some amazing VR content from Valve in the near future.
On top of all of these games, there are some unconfirmed titles that might make its way onto VR.
Mage’s Tale is an immersive, first-person dungeon crawler RPG VR game currently being produced by inXile Entertainment. Players will embark on an epic quest to save your master from evil Gaufroi. There will be eleven dungeons available to stroll through. They range from underground tombs to sewers where you’ll meet opposing foes.
“When I was a kid our dungeons consisted of playing Dungeons and Dragons on graph paper,”said Brian Fargo, CEO of inXile Entertainment. “From there I graduated to playing classic computer games in black and white like Wizardry, which inspired me to create a full color dungeon crawl with Bard’s Tale. The window for the players kept getting bigger, the graphics more advanced, and now with The Mage’s Tale, we are inside the dungeon.”
The Mage’s Tale is now available on Oculus Rift for $39.99.
This portion lists all of the rumored games that might make it to VR in the future.
This portion lists all of the games that have great potential while being bootstrapped in funding.
Owlechemy Labs has announced their next upcoming title called Vacation Simulator where users will be hanging out beach side in virtual reality amongst your favorite computer friends from Job Simulator.
Vacation Simulator is scheduled to release some time in 2018 for the Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and HTC Vive. There isn’t a specific release date yet beyond that.
Half Life 2
Half-Life 2 in VR has recently been greenlit by the Steam Community to make a full version of the game. Half-Life 2 has been praised by many in the gaming communities as one of the best games ever made. Now the game will be coming to life on the virtual reality platform thanks to the Source VR Mod Team.
There isn’t a set date on when Half-Life 2 VR will be available.
Stay tuned as we’ll continuously be updating this list!