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Highlights of the E3 VR Showcase

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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.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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