For the first time, E3 featured a dedicated livestream created to showcase some of the best upcoming virtual reality (VR) games and experiences, presented by VR news publication Upload. OnlySP will pick out some of the highlights of this show.
Richard from Vertigo Games appears first to present After The Fall, shows a blinking arcade cabinet in a snow-filled, abandoned concrete building. Game designer Nick then says that After The Fall is set in a frozen, post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. Players work in teams of four, each selecting a load-out and play-style to take on missions, kill the zombie-like ‘Snowbreed’ and collect lots of loot. That wasn’t the only reveal from Vertigo Games, however. The studio also presented an exclusive look at upcoming DLC for popular VR shooter Arizona Sunshine, called The Damned.
With the Valve logo predominately displayed, Meat Fortress boasts the ‘classic load out of Team Fortress’ completely remastered for VR. The players apparently play as hot dogs in a fast-paced shooter that promises all the fun and carnage of the original Team fortress with a VR twist.
Fast Travel Games introduced its new VR game called The Curious Case of the Stolen Pets, where the player explores a world of childhood memories, presented in a colourful, cartoon style. Fast Travel Games is usually known for its action titles, but says this title is something quite different.
A trip to the TARDIS comes up next, Doctor Who: The Edge of Time is a Doctor Who VR adventure involving a villain who has taken control of space and time. Players will travel to various planets and historical periods, encountering various characters and villains, including the Weeping Angels, and of course the Daleks. The development team say its is very important that the ‘feel’ of an episode is captured for this ‘feature length’ VR experience.
Survios are probably best known for its VR action-thriller game Raw Data, and the studio says it is using the experience gained from working on Raw Data to create a new virtual reality take on The Walking Dead, called The Walking Dead Onslaught, which will be available t VR arcades and on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Mini Mech Mayhem by Futurlab is an action strategy game designed for VR. Based around the type of mechanics that might be seen in a tabletop game. The studio have tried to introduce humour and a light-hearted air to the title, complemented by a bright, simplistic visual style.
Publisher Perp Games have developed a reputation among VR fans for picking up some great VR titles, and releasing them in physical format, including titles such as Angry Birds The Movie 2, and Pixel Ripped 1989. The publisher also revealed on the livestream that highly anticipated title Golem will be getting a physical release at launch.
Ready at Dawn announced that not only will popular multiplayer VR shooter Echo Arena will be getting an Oculus Quest release, but the studio also showed off some exclusive footage of Lone Echo 2, the sequel to the first dark sci-fi adventure.
With the success of Beat Saber, a number of other new VR rhythm games have appeared. One of those is Audica, by rhythm game veterans Harmonix. Audica is currently in Early Access through Steam, Oculus Store and Viveport. The development team has just released an editor which lets players create their own maps to match their favourite tunes. To add incentive, players can submit their custom maps to the Harmonix Discord channel for a chance to win special prizes.
Espire 1 is a VR stealth game that aims to take the classic realistic stealth mechanics from titles such as Metal Gear Solid or Splinter Cell, and translate them into VR. The studio hopes to give players an immersive experience while not triggering motion sickness symptoms. Espire 1 is due to come out on all VR platforms in August 2019.