Carnival Games VR is 2K Games’ 2007 throwback


If you ever owned a Nintendo Wii, you know that motion control used to be the hottest thing since sliced bread. Although most of the popular titles on the platform spawned from Nintendo themselves, there were a few games from third party studios that took advantage of the new control option. One of the more notable of these studios was 2K games, who produced Carnival Games as a simple “Wii Sports” style point and click party game.

The studio is looking to re-live the glory days off the Wii by releasing a new version of its classic title for virtual reality. Although the company is famous for creating titles like Bioshock and Borderlands, they opted to use Carnival Games as their first dip into VR to gives players a simple and fun party game to enjoy with friends.

As our first foray into this space, we wanted to deliver a highly accessible entertainment experience that would allow players to immerse themselves in the familiar, classic fun of our Carnival Games series.

says SVP of marketing Sarah Anderson.

The title will be debuting in late October and will be available for HTC Vive and Playstation VR, with plans of an Oculus Rift launch later this year, likely to co-release alongside the Oculus Touch controllers. The developers says there will be a dozen mini games to enjoy, ranging from playing a game of Skeeball to scaling a large castle. If it’s anything like the Nintendo Wii version of the game, the title will likely be a collection of smaller games showing what the technology can do, which is a trend were have come to expect out of virtual reality releases.

NVIDIA have released their own carnival style title already, which highlights the physics simulations the company can produce with its new cards. Whether or not the new titles utilizes these physics has yet to be seen, but we’re sure 2K games won’t be slouching on the new game’s development. If anything, it should feature some fun arcade style experiences that anyone should be able to enjoy.

Did you ever own the original Carnival Games? If you did, we wouldn’t be surprised, as it sold over 1.5 million copies during its lifetime. As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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