Feb 14th, 2017

Oculus Rift and HTC Vive got off the ground in 2016 and now that we have the first generation of VR headsets available to the general public, developers have started work on titles that will support both of these platforms. Not all of the games will be available for both platforms, but there’s plenty to look forward to in 2017.

Arktika

Arktika is perhaps the most polished game on this list for those looking to see what the future of VR gaming holds. Metro creator 4A Games is working on this one and it’s an action-oriented shooter that has a touch of survival horror thrown in.

The game will be compatible with Oculus Touch as well, which means you’ll be able to reload with hand gestures and get haptic feedback with each shot you take.

Essence

While describing a game as a walking simulator right now is usually considered something of a disparagement, that’s going to change with VR in the future. A walking simulator through a world you can experience in the same manner as your own is worth experiencing even for the most impatient gamer, which is why games like Essence will prove to be popular.

This game was crowd-funded and is supposed to be released in March, but there are rumors it could be pushed back until October. The world of the game will feature huge monoliths and worldbuilding that hearkens back to the amazing landscapes found in The Last Guardian and other exploration-driven games.

Fallout 4

There aren’t very many high profile games that support VR right now, but Fallout 4 might be the first open world RPG that you can actually roam around in. Bethesda is working on a VR version of Fallout 4, but rumors suggest that the development of the VR version has been delayed as the studio works on The Elder Scrolls 6.

The current tech demo version that’s available isn’t that great, but given that it’s only a test of whether the idea is feasible means it’s no where near a playable state or the polish of a finished game.

Syren

The 3D revolution in gaming made the current open-world game phenomenon possible and it’s my bet that the VR revolution will revitalize the survival horror genre. Resident Evil 7 finally takes the series back to its roots with an amazing VR experience and you can bet indie developers aren’t resting on their laurels.

Syren is from developer Hammerhead and promises to be one of the scariest games for VR to be released. A group of scientists have discovered an ancient civilization of mermaids and have started experimenting with them, but it all goes wrong and suddenly you’re having to escape these horrible creations.

Panoptic

This one turns the idea of VR on its head by pitting the person in VR against another person playing on PC. The two-player game sees the VR person acting as a floating god-like creature with a slow firing laser who is attempting to take out the PC player. The PC player has no way to fight back and has to use their wits to hide from the VR player while attempting to get to the top of a tower to disable the player.

It’s an interesting take on cat and mouse and one of the games that you have to get if you have the HTC Vive.