Anyone who has used a VR headset recently knows developers have been working hard to fill the digital stores with quality games. Every week there's something new and interesting to play, and that's going to continue at a remarkable pace as we move into the second half of the year. With HTC Vive and Oculus Rift orders finally shipping at a reasonable pace and being available in stores, as well as Sony gearing up for the launch of PlayStation VR in October, there's about to be a significant explosion of VR content for the world to enjoy.
As expected, E3 is the place where a lot of those future titles got announced. Here's a quick list of what has been announced so far.
You'll want to skip to the 1:44:00 mark to see the official announcement from Bethesda, but the big announcement here is that Fallout 4 is getting a full VR makeover for the HTC Vive in 2017. The means roaming the lands in VR and probably wetting yourself the first time a Deathclaw comes bounding toward your actual face, which is going to be incredible. Bethesda is also showing a virtual walkthrough of DOOM, but there's been no announcement of a full version of the game being made available just yet. Fingers crossed!
Killing Floor: Incursion
The Killing Floor franchise is already creepy enough in 2D, with its extreme violence toward twisted souls and occasional slow motion madness. Putting this game in VR seems like a perfectly good way to make grown adults afraid of the dark for the rest of their lives, and that's almost assuredly what will happen when this game comes to Oculus Rift with support for Oculus Touch controllers later this year.
Minecraft Reals is all about cross-platform Minecraft goodness. No matter what platform you're using, everything comes together onto dedicated servers that you can host with your friends. The best part? This includes Samsung Gear VR support, so you can enjoy Minecraft in VR. Realms has been dubbed "The Friendly Update" and will be available this Fall.
Visually, there's nothing quite like Superhot available to play today. The rich colors, immersive soundtrack, and active gameplay make it a joy even with a gamepad. Superhot VR isn't a VR clone of this game, rather a separate game in the same universe with the same basic rules. Best of all, it's meant to be played with Oculus Touch controllers on the Oculus Rift, which is going to be a ton of fun.
Every old school PC gamer remembers Serious Sam, the FPS game built exclusively for mocking all of the other FPS games that was available at the time. It looks like we're getting a VR version of the same basic game in a couple of months through Steam Early Access, which means you'll be playing it first on the HTC Vive.
"The time of simply controlling a character is over" is how this psychological thriller from Twisted Pixel is introduced. Using Oculus Touch controllers you navigate a black and white world as Robert Wilson in order to figure out what is happening in the crazy world around you.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Does anything else even need to be said here? You and your friends pick stations aboard a classic Star Trek spaceship and complete missions. everyone has to work together for the missions to be successful, because you can only do the job you've been assigned. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is going to be available on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR this Fall.
Resident Evil: Biohazard
Because Resident Evil games aren't scary enough when the lights are low and the volume is high, Sony and Capcom have decided to increase the immersion by putting Biohazard in PlayStation VR. The full game will be available January 2017, but there's an early demo available now for gamers who want to try things without the headset first.
Ubisoft Montreal always has some of the coolest unique games, and Eagle Flight has been demonstrated before. The game was originally announced with the PlayStation VR, but at E3 we got a look at the multiplayer aspect as well as support for Oculus Rift. Eagle Flight will be available on both PSVR and Oculus Rift later this year.
This futuristic shooter is exclusive to PlayStation VR, and Sony is using the game to debut a VR rifle called PSVR Aim designed to increase immersion in the game. The special controller won't be required to play, but it sure looks like it'll make things a lot more interesting.
Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission
It's been a while since we've had an X-Wing rails shooter, and it looks like Star Wars: Battlefront owners with PlayStation VR headsets are going to get exactly that. This isn't as cool as having a dedicated VR game in the Star Wars universe, but we know space shooters in VR are cool and piloting an X-Wing is cool so this should hopefully be amazing.
Batman: Arkham VR
The trailer doesn't do much to tell you anything about the actual gameplay, but who wouldn't want to run around as Batman in VR?! Sony is positioning this game as a PlayStation VR launch title, so expect it this October and get ready to #wearthecowl in VR.
Final Fantasy XV: VR Experience
It doesn't look like you'll get to play the entirety of Final Fantasy XV in VR, but being able to jump around as Prompto and shoot everything looks like a ton of fun. It also looks like Prompto will be wearing a PSVR in the game when you put one on, so your friends all know you're either playing with a handicap or you're about to crush every monster you find, depending on how the gameplay shakes out.
Which one of these titles are you most looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!