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.
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 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