While VR still hasn’t received the flood of AAA content that fans have been waiting for, the industry is making headway with a handful of key announcements at E3 2018. For starters, PSVR looks like it’s getting plenty of exclusive love from well-known developers such as From Software and Squanch Games. And the continued push for VR-centric content from heavy hitters Insomniac and Bethesda is giving VR a stronger foothold than it’s had at any E3 prior. What’s most important is that PS4 users are getting a seat at the table, with more games getting native releases for the PSVR platform alongside their PC counterparts.
Creed: Rise to Glory
Ever wanted to become Adonis Creed and train alongside Rocky Balboa? Well, that’s the experience Creed: Rise to Glory aims to deliver. Created by Survios under a $50 million Series C fund from MGM, Creed seeks to offer the PSVR platform a boxing experience that rivals Knockout League or The Thrill of the Fight!, but with the top-notch fidelity of a AAA experience.
We’ve yet to see a game studio take a serious crack at a AAA boxing experience in VR, let alone with lead characters as iconic as Rocky Balboa. One of the coolest features of the game is its Phantom Melee system, which forces you to respond to game feedback when you get staggered or knocked out.
Bethesda came out of left field with not one, not two- but three brand new entries with native VR support. The first on our list is Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot. It’s a VR title that puts you in charge of hacking nazi robot-dogs and turning them against their masters during an alternate 1980 where the Allies lost World War 2. If you’re familiar with Wolfenstein, you’ll be treated to familiar characters and conventions from the main entries.
Prey: Typhon Hunter
Along with new modes, Prey (Arkane Studios) is getting a round of DLC this summer. Soon, VR gamers will be receiving a tantalizing multiplayer mode called Typhon Hunter- and a less tantalizing but still intriguing escape-room mode called TranStar VR.
Typhon Hunter is a 1v5 mode where one human survivor is pit against five mimics, all of whom are played by actual people. The best part is that there’s cross-play between VR and non-VR players- allowing you to play hide-and-seek with your friends as you shapeshift into a benign roll of toilet paper.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades
What don’t you love about a new Elder Scrolls romp? Let alone an Elder Scrolls that you can take with you on your iPhone, play entirely in portrait mode if you’d like, that you can take home and continue in your VR headset?
What if this Elder Scrolls included a multiplayer mode that lets you compete in an arena against anybody using any device that the game is available on? That is the premise of The Elder Scrolls: Blades, coming soon from Bethesda Game Studios.
Beat Saber PSVR
It was only a matter of time before Beat Saber, by Hyperbolic Magnetism, would make its way over to the PS4. Now that Beat Saber has officially been announced, PSVR users are rejoicing. What’s more, it appears that the PSVR version will come with new original songs that were not included with the original game.
Oculus Studios and Insomniac Games are delivering the goods with a visually stunning open world that’s exclusive to the Oculus Rift. We don’t know much about Stormland yet. But according to The Verge, Insomniac has reported The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the game’s primary influences. If that’s true, expect a long campaign full of player-driven, free form storytelling. The locomotion system looks like it’s taken some inspiration from Lone Echo, giving you the ability to grapple and propel yourself around the map.