This list will be continuously updated
2017 has been a tremendous year so far for the VR and AR industry with amazing announcements, sales, and releases. Just a few months ago 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.
Looking into the future, here are some of the other highly budgeted games that’ll make it’s way on to the VR platform.
This portion lists all of the confirmed games coming to VR
Rockstar Games has confirmed that LA Noirse 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L.A. Noire was first released in 2011, which sort of makes it an outdated game.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.
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.
Pre-Orders for Fallout 4 VR is available now.
Project Cars 2
Slightly Mad Studios is currently in the midst of creating Project Cars 2 for VR. The company showcased the first trailer for the game this past February where you see some amazing supercars entrenched in high-quality visuals and environments. 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.
They have announced that the beta version of the game will launch on November 16th, 2017 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.”
Pre-orders for the game are available today at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. It’s not announced at this time if Skyrim VR will be coming to the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Pre-orders are only available to Canada, United States, and United Kingdom at this time.
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.
You can pre-order Lone Echo today for $34.99 and you’ll receive Echo Arena for free.
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.
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!