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Most Anticipated VR Games of 2020

Most Anticipated VR Games of 2020

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Most Anticipated VR Games of 2020

Every year with the VR platform evolving, we are seeing more studios join the community to launch their new IPs. There was a stellar collection of VR games in 2019 and it seems as though 2020 is already shaping up to be a pretty significant year in VR gaming too. We put together the top titles that have been confirmed for release in 2020, which includes everything from indies to  ‘AAA’ titles coming to the VR platforms.

Half-Life: Alyx

To say that Half-Life: Alyx has been widely anticipated would be an understatement. It is directly responsible for massive selling out of Valve’s proprietor VR hardware, Valve Index. Half-Life: Alyx puts players in the shoes of Alyx Vance, a supporting character to series protagonist Gordon Freeman. Set before the events of Half-Life 2, Players will have to lead a revolution against the invading Combine forces. This will be the first game in Half-Life series in decades and Valve sets to make its mark in VR gaming.

Half-Life: Alyx releases on March 2020 for SteamVR

Lone Echo II

Initially announced for a 2019 release, developers Ready at Dawn had confirmed the sequel to the 2017 smash hit Lone Echo for Q1 2020. Players will be able to embark on another gripping narrative with Captain Olivia and her robot companion Jack.  The original, an Oculus Rift exclusive, had set a benchmark on the gameplay design and visuals of VR experience. The sequel is said to be 50% larger in scale than its predecessor, promising new improvements to the original games already stellar zero-g locomotion, combat, and VR interactions.

Lone Echo II releases on Q1 2020 for Oculus Rift/RiftS

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

 

AMC’s The Walking Dead has become a modern-day cultural phenomenon. Based on the TV series, Skybound Interactive’s new survival VR RPG takes place three years after the initial outbreak. It is set to be an open-world environment with a backdrop of a post-apocalyptic New Orleans, where players will have to fight threats from humans and undead alike. Skybound stated to implement a VR system that will make for visceral and brutal combat in the player’s bid for survival. The game will have a choose-your-own-adventure campaign with a complex dialogue system and reputation system that will result in a branching narrative.

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners releases on January 23rd, 2020 for Oculus Rift/RiftS/Quest and SteamVR

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond

 

This will be Respawn Entertainment’s first attempt at a VR title. Their recent success with the critically acclaimed Titanfall 2, Apex: Legends and Star Wars: The Fallen Order has put high expectations on the new installment in Medal of Honor franchise. Players will be transported to Europe amidst World War II where they will take control of an Allied OSS agent assisting the French Resistance. Across a wartorn landscape, they will be sabotaging Nazi bases, subverting enemy plans and much more in a deep single-player campaign taking place on land, sea, and air. Respawn has also mentioned the implementation of a multiplayer mode where players will be able to duke it out with historically accurate weaponry.

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond releases in 2020 for Oculus Rift/RiftS.

Iron Man VR

Marvel’s Iron Man VR will have players take up the mantle of fan-favorite Tony Stark and his iconic Iron Man suit. As the Armored Avenger, players will fly across the sky using two PS Move controllers acting as Iron Man’s Repulsor Jets and face off foes using the wide array of Iron Man’s arsenal. This was first shown in the SIE State of Play and is set to be one of PSVR’s biggest exclusives. The trailer, shown from POV of Stark, had introduced us to Stark’s trusted AI companion, Friday and a masked villain. There may be a chance that players will get to meet other familiar characters of the Marvel Universe.

Iron Man VR releases on Feb 28th, 2020 for PSVR

LOW-FI

 

LOW-FI takes players in a Cyberpunk VR open-world where they take the role of a police officer recently transferred into crime-infested City Block 303. They will have the choice of upholding law and order by patrolling the streets, solving crimes and keeping the peace or succumb to the dark side of the city by giving into corruption, taking bribes and framing citizens. Developers IRIS VR, responsible for indie title Technolust, had announced LOW-FI via its Kickstarter page requesting a $60,000 CAD fund goal. The campaign had raised over $100,000 CAD within 4 days.

LOW-FI releases in Q4 2020 on SteamVR, Oculus Rift/RiftS, Windows MR

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Far Cry Series Comes to VR With Location Based Far Cry VR: Dive Into Insanity

Far Cry Series Comes to VR With Location Based Far Cry VR: Dive Into Insanity

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Far Cry Series Comes to VR With Location Based Far Cry VR: Dive Into Insanity

Ubisoft has been showing a growing interest with bring thier AAA franchises into the VR gaming scape specifically with location-based virtual reality experiences. During the pre-show of the Ubisoft Forward the studio announced that the Far Cry series would be taking its first step into VR with their latest title, Far Cry VR: Dive Into Insanity.

In collaboration with Zero Latency VR, Dive Into Insanity will be taking place in the setting of Rook Island from Far Cry 3. Making his return to the series, the fan-favorite Einstein quoting insane villain, Vaas Montenegro and his crew of pirates will be hunting the players across Rook Island as they have to escape from the island. With up to 8 players playing in session approximately lasting 30 mins, according to Zero Latency, the game will have free-roaming as well as haptic guns fight back with.

Ubisoft Announces Far Cry VR Eight-player VR Arcade Experience

“When it comes to creating dynamic, memorable gaming experiences, free-roam location-based VR expands the possibilities. Far Cry® VR: Dive into Insanity will offer players around the world the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich setting of Far Cry® 3 and take on its iconic villain,” said Deborah Papiernik, the VP of New Business atUbisoft.

Far Cry VR: Dive Into Insanity is slated to release in 2021 as a Zero Latency exclusive only to be found at their VR Locations. The company presently has more than 45 venues situated across 22 countries, with three in the UK run by MeetspaceVR.

“We are excited to be working with Ubisoft to bring the world of Far Cry® 3 to VR,” said Tim Ruse, CEO, Zero Latency VR. “It’s going to be a special experience for fans to return to Rook Island in this incredibly immersive new way.”

As we had reported before here at Gaming.net, Ubisoft is also releasing their VR location-based Escape Room game, Prince of Persia: Daggers of Time through their studio, Ubisoft Dusseldorf. There is also their previous VR Maze, Assassin’s Creed: Temple of Anubis with which they partnered with Triotech to bring to life. Ubisoft seems to be cementing it’s position as a leader in the VR location-based market leveraging it’s well-known franchises.

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VR Social Platform Facebook Horizon Is Available for Invite Only Public Beta

VR Social Platform Facebook Horizon Is Available for Invite Only Public Beta

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Facebook’s new ambitious VR social experience Facebook Horizon has announced that it is currently available for its invite-only public beta. Gearing it up for its release later this year, the public beta seems to add new games, features, and environments for players to enjoy.

With Horizon, it seems that there is an emphasis on community collaboration with its world-building tools that allow you to create various worlds and events for the other members of the community to enjoy and take part in. This can range from simple meaning games all the way to full-blown complex interactive adventure.

In its trailer, it shows players with their customized avatars taking part in several multiplayer minigames such as ramen making classes, mini-golfing, dungeon crawling, bank heists, and a dozen other games and experiences. As well as its world-building aspects where players would be creating their worlds from top-down perspective designing 3D objects with a set of shapes and tools in real-time.

Another stand-out point was the push towards community safety in Horizon. Each avatar comes with a device on their wrist with a blue shield button to enter a Safe Zone. Players can enter the Safe Zone when they feel uncomfortable by the actions of other players and separate themselves from others as well as the environment for a breather. Players can also set boundaries to how close other avatars can get to theirs as well as quick controls to instantly mute, block, or report their fellow players.

According to Facebook, they will always be recording Horizon sessions which will not be seen by any human personnel unless a report is filed. When a report is filed, a clip of a few minutes will be sent to a trained specialist for an evaluation. Any breach of the code of conduct will resort in a ban.

We expected to hear more of Facebook Horizon during the Facebook Connect, the rebranding of Oculus Connect, Oculus’ annual conference. This is the sixth annual conference and the first to be held exclusively online on 16 September. The name change comes after the announcement that Oculus will have mandatory Facebook integration which seemingly had negative feedback from the community. Facebook’s other attempts to move from the Oculus branding include the renaming of Oculus Research to Facebook Reality Labs, which will be handling Facebook AR/VR projects moving forward.

“Before today, we lacked a unified brand identity from which to tell the story of how we’re building the future of VR and AR,” states Andrew Bosworth, Vice President of FRL. “With the Facebook Reality Labs name, we’re making clear where these technologies are coming from. We hope you’ll come along for the ride. In the meantime, we’ll be working in the lab.

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Hitman 3 Is Going To Feature VR Support On The PSVR

Hitman 3 Is Going To Feature VR Support On The PSVR

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IO Interactive have announced that their World of Assassination Trilogy will end with the upcoming Hitman 3. During the Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE) State of Play, they have stated that Hitman 3 will be completely playable on PSVR.

The new installment will follow the steps of its predecessors with six sandbox locations, all of which will be available at launch. Dubai is set to be the first mission that players can take part in. Not only will the new location of Hitman 3 be available for VR at launch, but players will also be able to import locations for the previous two titles. This means that 20+ locations across all three games will be able to be explored and experience in a whole new VR mode.

In a blog post announcement, IO Interactive has said about the new VR experience, “Playing in VR will literally change the way you play with a first-person perspective that lets you immerse yourself into the game world. Stand face-to-face with your targets, blend-in to a busy crowd to overhear conversations, and interact with the game world using your hands. For example, imagine that you’ve picked up a frying pan and you sneak up on a guard. You can swing the frying pan in whatever angle you want to knock them out – and then use it to deflect bullets that are fired as you make your escape.

The developers have stated the final chapter will be “a lot more mature, serious and darker,” with the tagline, “Death awaits.” Though the humor of the previous games will still be present. There are a few notable changes from the previous two titles to expect with Hitman 3. As opposed to the first games episodic release with a new level released every few months, all missions will be available at launch. The game will also feature fully animated cutscenes similar to those of Hitman 1 instead of the still image storytelling for Hitman 2.

While some details are still scarce, we know that in this chapter, Agent 47 will be returning as the ruthless professional as he embarks on a journey to complete the most important contracts of his career. Certain game modes will be returning such as the Elusive target mode and Escalation mode, as well as the Sniper Assassin mode which requires players to take out targets from a long distance. This mode will be a single-player only mode unlike in Hitman 2, which was a co-op multiplayer. Contracts mode, where you pick a target, take them out, and challenge friends to the best score, is also returning. IO Interactive has announced that they will be removing the 1v1 Ghost mode and the mode’s server for Hitman 2 will be shut down on August 31, 2020.

Hitman 3 will be released on January 2021 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PC

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