Here are the latest PlayStation VR games Sony teased at E3.
So far E3 2017 has been a turbulent experience to say the least. Several truly exciting announcements muddled within a pile of less-than-thrilling reveals have resulted in a bag of mixed reactions by the gaming community.
However, as far as virtual reality is concerned, the expo has actually been fairly generous in terms of new games and experiences. Over the weekend Bethesda revealed a full Fallout 4 VR experience as well as a Doom spinoff entitled Doom VFR.
Well according to Sony’s own press conference held last night, it looks as though we now have a plethora of PSVR content to look forward too as well. From Skyrim to Final Fantasy, here are some titles PlayStation owners can look forward to in the near future:
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this years E3 it’s that Bethesda will do anything and everything to ensure you’re playing Skyrim for the next 10 years. The company has announced an official port for the Nintendo Switch featuring motion control elements as well as plans for a second attempt at paid game mods. Now the company has officially revealed Skyrim VR, allowing players to experience the full version of the critically acclaimed title entirely in virtual reality. That is so long as you own a PSVR.
Based on the video above it appears as though the game will feature locomotion mechanics as opposed to teleportation-based movement. Currently Skyrim VR will remain a PSVR exclusive, further adding to Bethesda’s ever-growing list of questionable decisions. I would be shocked however if the game wasn’t accessible on the Vive at some point in the future.
Developed by Supermassive, the team behind Until Dawn, Bravo Team appears to be the PSVR’s attempt at a tactical shooter experience.
According to PlayStation, “Bravo Team is set in a fictional modern-day Eastern European city. When your escort mission goes wrong and results in the President’s assassination, a country threatens to tear itself apart…and your team along with it.”
Based on the trailer provided it looks as though close-quarters combat will be a large part of the experience, forcing players to think and move tactically in order to survive. With other VR military shooters such as Onward and Pavlov gaining much attention by Vive and Oculus owners as of late, Bravo Team could be just what the PSVR needs to further expand its community.
Final Fantasy XV: Monster of the Deep
Coming out on top of my list of virtual reality tie-ins I genuinely did not expect to see is of course Final Fantasy XV: Monster of the Deep. Coming this September, this spinoff of Final Fantasy XV does away with most of the game’s primary mechanics in favor of casual fishing and cooking.
Players join the main characters for a fireside bro-down where they’ll fish for exotic sea creatures, grill some food on the fire and get into a few scrapes with some less-than-cooperative wildlife.
Seeing as simply traveling and bonding with this close-knit entourage ended up being the most enjoyable aspect of the main game for many players, it makes total sense to release a virtual reality side-experience that basically asks you to bond further with your ragtag crew.
By far the press conference’s most mysterious, yet captivating, VR announcement, Star Child seems to be a sci-fi misadventure featuring an unknown protagonist exploring a subterranean network filled with advanced alien technology.
Not much information is given beyond that, but based on the side-scrolling visuals featured in the trailer it’s possilbe the game could feature a top-down, almost “god-like” viewing perspective akin to experiences such as Lucky’s Tale.
At one point our lead hero is actually saved by a towering giant who blocks an incoming enemy attack by lowering his hand between the creature and the protagonist. Perhaps we’ll play from the perspective of the giant as we escort the hero through various dangerous scenarios? That would definitely explain the 2D side-scrolling. Either way I’m all kinds of interested.
Speaking of top-down views, Moss is a cute adventure that appears to channel the viewing perspective of Lucky’s Tale with the style and aesthetic of Unravel. Starring a small mouse with some badass, all-natural accessories, Moss will have players navigate their new furry friend across beautiful outdoor environments while overcoming various obstacles along the way.
Based on the trailer it appears as though the game will feature several elements of puzzle-solving and combat. Players will spectate the action from an overhead view as they carefully lead their miniature protagonist through dangerous dungeons and other precarious situations.
Yet another title from Supermassive, The Inpatient actually serves as a prequel set 60 years before the events that take place in the developer’s 2016 BAFTA award-winning horror game, Until Dawn. Set at the Blackwood Sanatorium, it seems as though you serve as a patient suffering from some form of memory loss.
Several instances in the trailer point towards this being a stealth-survival experience of sorts, tasking players with avoiding detection as opposed to fighting. Not much else is known about this upcoming title, but seeing as it shares the same universe as Until Dawn I can only expect an experience resulting in some seriously wet pants.
How good is Superhot VR you ask? It’s so good that despite already being released on both the HTC Vive as well as the Oculus Rift, the time-warping combat puzzler is getting yet ANOTHER release, this time on the PSVR.
Now it might sound like I’m little bias, but that’s only because I am. Superhot VR is one of the best experiences I’ve had in a VR, so it’s beyond thrilling to hear that PSVR owners will have a chance to live out all their Matrix fantasies as well.
So there you have it! Just when the PSVR began gathering some dust due to lack of games, we received a healthy abundance of content to look forward to. Hopefully they can keep the ball rolling and continue to expand the catalog of high quality VR titles.