Oculus Gaming Showcase: New Trailers, Behind-the-Scenes Footage, and More

Oculus Blog
April 21, 2021

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.

Pistol Whip: Smoke & Thunder + The Concierge

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.

Look for Pistol Whip: Smoke & Thunder and The Concierge to hit the Quest and Rift Platforms this summer.

Warhammer 40,000: Battle Sister Multiplayer Update

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.

Following up on last month’s “Last Bastion” update, which brought horde mode to Warhammer 40,000: Battle Sister, Pixel Toys made a few more updates...

Starting today, you and a friend can team up to play “Last Bastion” together on two brand new maps.

Lone Echo II Launching This Summer

Jack and Liv return in Lone Echo II, launching this summer on the Rift Platform and for those playing on the Quest Platform with Oculus Link or Air Link.

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.

Resident Evil 4 Coming to Quest 2 Later This Year

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.

Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge Part II

ILMxLAB is hard at work on the next installment of Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge, which expands the core adventure and will feature two more legendary Tales for fans to enjoy.

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.

Behind the Scenes of Star Wars Pinball VR

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 Coming to the Quest and Rift Platforms

Schell Games is returning with a sequel to their popular, spy-themed VR puzzler, I Expect You To Die.

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.

Introducing Carve Snowboarding

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.

After the Fall New Gameplay Trailer

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.

Even better, we announced that this chilling new title is coming to both Quest and the Rift Platform this summer. Click here to learn more and wishlist it on your platform of choice.

Wraith: The Oblivion - Afterlife Launch 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.

Are you ready to solve the mystery of the Barclay Mansion? Check it out tomorrow on the Quest and Rift Platforms.

The Climb 2 Update

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.

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Update

Last but not least, we shared what’s next for Skydance Interactive’s hit action-horror experience, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners.

What was your favorite moment from our first Gaming Showcase? Let us know in the comments, then head over to the Oculus Store for our Showcase Flash Sale, as well as new collections and game bundles.