Sony’s PlayStation VR headset accessory launched for the PlayStation 4 console in October 2016. Since then, there have been a ton of great games released for the PSVR, and even more are on the way in the next year or so. They include new original games like The Resistance and Bravo Team, along with VR ports of classic games like Doom and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Without further ado, here are the titles we think are the best announced upcoming PSVR games. While some of these games have confirmed release dates, or time frames, other games on this list have yet to confirm a launch date.
Release date: August 29
If this game looks a bit like Tron, that’s intentional. Developer CCP Games, the creators behind EVE Online and the VR games like EVE: Valkyrie, Sparc has been designed as a eSports multiplayer title. Players will enter a virtual arena and throw a ball toward their opponent with the goal of hitting him or her. Players will have to use their arm-bound shield to defect the ball and use skill to bounce it around the arena to defeat their opposite number.
CCP says there will be a number of different multiplayer game modes to check out in Sparc, but there will also be some single player content for training and challenges. We will soon see if the developers first non-EVE game will be successful. This game, by the way, is a PSVR exclusive, at least until 2018.
Final Fantasy XV: Monster of the Deep
Release date: September 2017
One of the most unusual PSVR games is this spin-off title from Square Enix’s popular Final Fantasy XV RPG. Monster of the Deep is a fishing game. Yes, you read that correctly. Players will be able to cast their lines into lakes and other water locations to catch everything from normal looking fish all the way up to huge aquatic monsters that will try to eat you as you attempt to bring them in.
Again, this looks like a PSVR exclusive, and it seems this might be a perfect game for people who want to play a virtual reality game in a fantasy setting, but don’t want to fool with the normal gameplay from an RPG
Release date: Spring 2018
Ubisoft continues to be one of the few major game publishers to embrace virtual reality. It has already released several VR games, but the upcoming title Transference may be the oddest one of them all. The game is being developed in collaboration with SpectreVision, a Hollywood movie production company that has actor Elijah Wood among its co-founders.
Beyond that, the game also looks very interesting. The basic storyline will put the player in the minds of several different members of a family as you try to discover their secrets and try to repair their lives. The trailer makes Transference look like a horror film, but one with some intelligence rather that just going for shocks and gore.
Release date: December 1, 2017
The 2016 reboot of the classic first-person shooter Doom was a surprise critical hit, with reviewers loving the return to the fast-past shooter gameplay, but with updated graphics and tons of blood and gore. This fall, developer id Software and publisher Bethesda Softworks brings Doom to the virtual reality space with Doom VFR.
Rather than a straight port of Doom, the new game has been made as its own stand alone experience. Indeed, you won’t be shooting up demons on Mars and Hell as the unnamed “DoomGuy” this time, but rather you will be playing as a science in the BFG program, Dr. Peters. In fact, Dr. Peter’s physical form gets killed early in the game, but you control his digital mind as he enters and hacks into computer systems and takes over cybernetic bodies. However, even with all of this digital hacking, the main thrust of the game is killing monsters with a variety of weapons, only in full 360 degree gameplay.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
Release date: November 17, 2017
It may be several years old, but Bethesda Game Studios’ classic fantasy open-world RPG The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim remains one of the best games ever made. The VR version of Skyrim looks like it will be a pure port of the original game, as players explore the world and battle against all sorts of monsters and other enemies. It looks like the game will be a PSVR exclusive, at least for a few months, when it is released in November 2017.
Release date: TBA
Sony has a number of first-party PSVR games in the works, and one of them is this upcoming sci-fi survival horror game from developer Firesprite. The Persistence has the player character on a spaceship that’s heading into a black hole, while also dealing with crew members that have been turned into zombie-like creatures.
One of the more interesting features in the game is that when your character dies, he gets cloned and is revived again, but each time that happens, the configuration of the ship changes. That means the game will give players new threats and new procedurally generated levels to explore every time they play. Another interesting part of The Persistence is that another person can join in, sort of. The second player uses his or her smartphone to view the ships layout and warn the main VR player on any threats they might encounter.
Release date: TBA
One of two first-party PSVR games from developer Supermassive Games, The Inpatient is actually a prequel to the 2015 PS4 survival horror game Until Dawn. This new VR games takes place 60 years before the events of Until Dawn. Like that game, The Inpatient is set in the fictional Blackwood Sanatorium, but this time it’s fully operational. Your character has been admitted into Blackwood, and has to figure out why. Naturally, you will likely see things that will scare you, and may even make you question your sanity. It will be interesting to see if Supermassive Games can translate the setting of Until Dawn into a horror-themed VR game.
Release date: TBA
The other upcoming PSVR game from developer Supermassive Games is Bravo Team. If you can’t guess from its title, it’s a modern day military themed shooter, as the player is put into firefights in a fictional European city. The game will feature lots of cover-based gameplay, and will support both single player and two-player co-op modes. The development team says they are trying to make a shooter that puts the player in the center of the action, with no loading screens to interrupt the experience.
Release Date: TBA
One of the most mysterious upcoming Sony-published PSVR games, Star Child is being developed by Playful, which released the acclaimed Oculus Rift-exclusive VR game Lucky’s Tale. Like that game, Star Child is a platformer title, but this game looks to be a bit more serious in tone. It’s set on an alien world and, based on the teaser trailer, your character has to explore this planet, solve puzzle, and deal with some rather large looking aliens. There’s no word on its release date, but the trailer itself shows it will be a great looking game. Let’s hope it plays as well as it looks.