As we begin to settle into the new year and look forward to what 2022 could bring virtual reality (VR) developers continue to ensure there’s never a boring moment where gaming is concerned. Next week features a superb variety of immersive titles across PC VR and Quest, especially if you enjoy shooting stuff in VR.
Core Disruption – MPLEX
Probably one videogame very few of you have heard of as developer MPLEX has been flying under the radar; nevertheless, Core Disruption looks immensely fun. Giving VRFocus proper Battlezone vibes, Core Disruption is a multiplayer tank combat experience coming to Steam Early Access. Step into a fully customisable tank where you can change the chassis, weapons, skins, modules, and subsystems (over 9000 configurations the studio claims) before heading out onto the battlefield to wage war across two maps. You’ll have 1v1 to 4v4 team deathmatch modes available initially, with Early Access adding further features in the months to come.
Anshar 2: Hyperdrive – OZWE Games
OZWE Games is bringing back a firm favourite from the Gear VR days, Anshar Wars 2. Now called Anshar 2: Hyperdrive, this Meta Quest 2 title is a space-based shooter that’s been completely reworked for the standalone headset. Featuring a 13 level solo campaign as well as multiplayer battle royale and co-op missions, Anshar 2: Hyperdrive includes an all-new control scheme as the original was gaze-based. VRFocus loved the original so hopefully, the Quest 2 version holds up.
- Supported platform(s): Meta Quest
- Launch date: 20th January
Hitman 3 – IO Interactive
The big news that arrived yesterday came from IO Interactive announcing that the PC edition of Hitman 3 is finally getting VR support. Agent 47’s latest outing launched a year ago across multiple platforms but only offered VR support via PlayStation VR. PC VR compatibility will be a free update if you already own the title. It’s also set to become the definitive VR version as it’ll be fully motion controller compatible, giving players far more freedom and versatility when executing contracts.
IO Interactive hasn’t confirmed just yet which PC VR headset will work. But, demo footage has shown the teams using Oculus Rift S and Valve Index, so they’re a given.
Time for a much lighter VR experience, Sword Reverie is an anime adventure inspired by Japanese role-playing games (JRPG). Funded through Kickstarter back in 2020, Sword Reverie is a Steam Early Access that’ll feature around three hours of gameplay at launch, consisting of 12 levels, a boss fight, and a fully voiced story for those areas. You’ll be able to go on quests and fight a variety of monsters using both physical and magical combat, casting elemental abilities through body movement. With lush looking visuals, hopefully, this single-player adventure lives up to expectations.
After Dark VR – Algo Interactive
For those after a far more grizzly VR experience, there’s After Dark VR. This is a co-op survival horror where one player acts as the hunter/killer whilst everyone else runs away and tries not to die. But there’s no hiding in After Dark VR because the survivors have to switch on four fuse boxes in order to escape. Five maps will be available at launch with more being added during the course of 2022.