Posted Sun Dec 6, 2015 at 09:18 AM PST by Connor Sears
Including entries from the likes of Ubisoft and Santa Monica Studios.
It's been often repeated during the rise of the VR game scene that the success of the medium is going to depend largely on the game support these VR headsets will receive. It seems that at PlayStation Experience this year, Sony is trying to drive the point home that PlayStation VR, set to launch next year, will not be lacking a library.
According to Sony, more than 30 playable demos for the PlayStation VR are out on the show floor this weekend, and they're kind enough to send those of us who can't be there in person enough trailers, gameplay videos, and screenshots to let us see for ourselves what kind of games await those who plan on buying Sony's VR headset.
Though many VR developers are indie studios trying to get in on the ground floor and shape this still relatively new game medium, some bigger industry names are getting in on the action as well. Ubisoft this weekend revealed its VR title 'Eagle Flight.' In the game, the player controls an eagle flying through an abandoned (by humans, anyway) Parisian cityscape. It's set to launch in 2016 and will be available on PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive.
'God of War' developer Santa Monica Studio is also throwing its hat into the VR ring with 'The Modern Zombie Taxi Co.,' a collaboration with Vitei Backroom. This PlayStation VR game allows you to handle the zombie apocalypse in a different way: by serving as their chauffeur. A game that looks one part 'Crazy Taxi' and one part ragdoll physics engine' 'Modern Zombie' allows players to recklessly drive through Zombieton while watching their zombie passengers roll around in their vehicle.
For a few of these announced VR games, old franchises are being leveraged into new gameplay experiences. Double Fine announced 'Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin' as a VR tie-in that fills the narrative gap between the original 'Psychonauts' and its sequel, which is currently in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign. 'Rez Infinite' is another confirmed PlayStation VR experience that builds off a classic cult title (though it will not be exclusive to VR). Bandai Namco also announced that 'Ace Combat 7,' the newest installment of its combat flight sim series, will be including support for PlayStation VR as well.
Finally, a host of indie developers are rounding out the announced PlayStation VR library with games representing several different genres. 'Distance' is a self-dubbed "survival racing" game that includes linear tracks filled with obstacles. 'Classroom Aquatic' can only be described as a "cheating simulator," where the player takes on the role of a woefully underprepared exchange student in a class of dolphins, and the only way to pass the series of tests is to cheat and not get caught. 'Eclipse' is an atmospheric exploration game headed by a former Sony Santa Monica developer.
If you get tired of video game escapism and want to return to your boring work life without leaving your couch, 'Job Simulator' is a game in the same physics-based vein as 'Surgeon Simulator' that uses two PlayStation Move controllers to allow players to spend a day on the job, whether that job is a professional chef, a convenience store clerk, or an office drone. At launch, the game will include five separate jobs for players to try out.
Finally, PlayStation VR players can get ready for a power trip with 'Golem,' which debuted a slick announcement trailer at PlayStation Experience.
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