With the launch of Oculus Quest 2 and the release of some awesome games like POPULATION: ONE, Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, and more, 2020 was a banner year for VR. And 2021 is shaping up to be jam-packed with similar momentum. Today, we celebrated how far VR has come—and all the amazing places it’s about to go—with the first ever Oculus Gaming Showcase.
Hosted by Executive Producer Ruth Bram, the Oculus Gaming Showcase included brand-new trailers, information on upcoming titles, and a look at exciting updates coming to community-favorite games and IPs. Here’s a rundown of today’s news.
Cloudhead Games is back, guns blazing, with a new five-scene, narrative-driven, action-packed campaign for Pistol Whip. Smoke & Thunder tells the tale of two sisters set in the Wild West where trains, tech, and explosions set the scene for some exciting surprises.
This update will release alongside The Concierge, which will unlock total customization for Pistol Whip players. Whether you prefer bottomless burst pistols or dodging through levels as a no-ammo pacifist, seemingly endless combinations of weapons and modifiers for every level will allow you to truly hone your play style. Compete in the ever-changing featured styles with multi-platform leaderboards, or dive in and build your own. The Concierge always has what you need.
Update: Our Oculus Gaming Showcase livestream incorrectly mentioned that Warhammer 40,000: Battle Sister is available now on the Rift Platform. It is instead coming soon.
Starting today, you and a friend can team up to play “Last Bastion” together on two brand new maps.
With all your favorite mechanics from Lone Echo, the sequel returns you to the rings of Saturn to explore an expansive zero-g world, use high-tech tools to overcome challenges, and uncover the mysteries of the far future.
In Capcom’s Resident Evil Showcase digital program last week, fans learned that Resident Evil 4 is coming to VR, exclusively for the Quest 2. Today, we shared some thrilling new footage and additional details about the game.
Building off the core systems from the original and ratcheting up the suspense as only VR can, Resident Evil 4 on Quest 2 will let you play from Leon’s first-person perspective. The Touch controllers will let you interact with the world in a fundamentally new way from how it’s played on console. Weapons and items have been re-engineered as physical objects you can pick up and interact with. You’ll also be able to switch weapons by grabbing them off your body instead of going into a menu, and you can wield separate weapons with each hand.
You’ll still move in first-person by using the analog stick, but Armature has added a full upper-body rig on top of Leon’s character to combine his movement with the dual-handed interactivity achieved with Touch controllers. They’ve even added support for teleportation and room-scale movement, so you can explore the environment however you choose. With plenty of comfort options at your disposal, you can also play through the game comfortably while seated.
Armature is using core elements from the original Resident Evil 4 to drive gameplay and systems, but they’ve remastered art—over 4,500 textures have either been repainted or had their resolution increased. Character animations have been faithfully converted to Unreal Engine 4 and remain untouched from the original source material, and all cutscenes will be presented in their original format.
Stay tuned for more Resident Evil 4 updates on the road to its launch on Quest 2 later this year.
Today, we revealed one of the characters you’ll get to meet in Part II: Dok-Ondar, a visitor from the Den of Antiquities. The studio also shared a brand new piece of concept art featuring the mysterious Ithorian and his translation droid, set in Seezelslak’s Cantina.
Keep an eye out for more details as we prepare for launch later this year.
Star Wars Pinball VR launches on the Quest Platform, PSVR, and SteamVR next week, and today we shared some behind-the-scenes footage to show how the experience came to life in VR.
Mark your calendars—Star Wars Pinball VR launches April 29.
I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy and the Liar takes you on brand-new missions, going deep undercover to investigate Zoraxis’s next play for world domination. And it’s coming to the Quest and Rift Platforms later this year.
1080° Snowboarding defined a genre of extreme sports games. Now, creator Giles Goddard returns with Chuhai Labs to bring you a modern take on this Nintendo 64 classic: Carve Snowboarding, coming to the Quest Platform.
We’ll have more details to share in the coming months, so stay tuned.
Vertigo Games has been entertaining VR gamers with Arizona Sunshine for years. Now, they’re preparing to take the VR world by storm once again with the four-player co-op FPS After the Fall. Today, we shared an exclusive new gameplay trailer.
Set in the World of Darkness, Wraith: The Oblivion - Afterlife is a horror and exploration game launching tomorrow on the Quest and Rift Platforms. Today, we debuted the new launch trailer from Fast Travel Games.
Crytek’s recent follow-up to VR classic The Climb, The Climb 2 features free solo climbing in breathtaking landscapes and with the thrill of leaderboard competition. And tomorrow, they’re launching a new Freestyle Expansion Pack.
The Freestyle Expansion Pack will be released in two parts with 12 levels total. Tomorrow’s update will introduce six new levels to challenge you in both “casual” and “professional” modes. There won’t be any checkpoints, and completing levels without chalk will get you bonus points.
We’re also introducing rhythm-based climbing where you’ll see disappearing grips along your route, requiring you to learn the grip patterns to the beat of a background track to progress through.
Don’t miss this free update when it launches tomorrow.