As we begin to settle into the new year and look forward to what 2022 can bring virtual reality (VR), developers continue to ensure that there is never a dull moment when it comes to games. Next week offers an amazing selection of immersive titles across PC VR and Quest, especially if you like shooting things in VR.
Core Disruption – MPLEX
Probably a video game that few of you have heard of since the developer MPLEX flew under the radar; Nevertheless, Core Disruption looks hugely fun. Gives VRFocus appropriate Battlezone vibes, Core Disruption is a multiplayer combat experience coming to Steam Early Access. Step into a fully customizable tank where you can modify chassis, weapons, skins, modules and subsystems (over 9000 configurations, as the studio claims) before heading out to the battlefield to wage war across two maps. You will have 1v1 to 4v4 hold deathmatch modes available to begin with, with Early Access adding additional features in the coming months.
Anshar 2: Hyperdrive – OZWE Games
OZWE Games brings back a solid favorite from the Gear VR days, Anshar Wars 2. Called now Anshar 2: Hyperdrive, this Meta Quest 2 title is a space-based shooter that has been completely reworked into the standalone headset. Featuring a 13-level solo campaign as well as multiplayer battle royale and co-op missions, Anshar 2: Hyperdrive includes a completely new control system, as the original was tin-based. VRFocus loved the original, so hopefully the Quest 2 version holds up.
- Supported platforms: Meta Quest
- Release Date: January 20th
Hitman 3 – IO Interactive
The big news that came yesterday came from IO Interactive, which announced that the PC version of Hitman 3 finally gets VR support. Agent 47’s latest outing was 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 is also set to become the definitive VR version as it will be fully compatible with motion controller, giving players far more freedom and versatility when performing contracts.
IO Interactive has not yet confirmed which PC VR headset will work. But demo footage has shown that teams use the Oculus Rift S and Valve Index, so they are given.
Time for a much easier 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 will offer about three hours of gameplay at launch, consisting of 12 levels, a boss fight and a fully tuned story for these areas. You will be able to take on quests and fight a variety of monsters using both physical and magical battles where you throw elemental abilities through body movements. With a lush look, this single-player adventure hopefully lives up to expectations.
After Dark VR – Algo Interactive
For those after a far more grizzly VR experience, there is After Dark VR. This is a co-op survival horror where one player acts as a hunter / killer while everyone else runs away trying not to die. But there is no hiding After Dark VR because the survivors must turn on four fuse boxes to escape. Five maps will be available at launch and more will be added during 2022.