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  • Oculus’ Rubin: Next Few Years Will Focus On ‘Big Devs’, ‘Complex’ Games
    Oculus’ Rubin: Next Few Years Will Focus On ‘Big Devs’, ‘Complex’ Games

    Oculus introduced us to the next wave of VR hardware at GDC 2018 this month. The Rift S and Quest respectively will be the devices powering VR games for the next few years. As for Oculus itself, those next years will be spent establishing a bigger library of “deeper and complex” software.

    VR of Content Jason Rubin said as much to GamesIndustry.biz in an interview last week. He spoke about how Oculus’ new headsets made it easier for everyone to get into VR. As much, Oculus can now spend time focusing on the software people want.

    “For the next few years, we’re going to focus on making this feature set and this paradigm the best it can possibly be,” Rubin said, “and having the big developers and publishers start working on software that’s deep and complex.”

    We’ve already seen Oculus work with big developers on big Rift exclusives. Ready at Dawn is prepping a sequel to Lone Echo and Respawn Entertainment is making a VR shooter. But Rubin suggests now might be the time to bring bigger publishers and brand names on board too.

    “We’re working with a lot of developers,” he said. “I know where’s Assassin’s Creed, where’s Call of Duty, where’s Madden? I get that but I think we’re at the point where we can start talking about those things and they will happen.”

    Last week Oculus also told us that it’s now asking its Studios partners to make titles compatible with both Quest and Rift S. The question is, then, if Oculus sees these blockbuster franchises squeezing onto Quest. Or will they require the power of PC VR instead?

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  • First Gameplay Trailer for Skyworld: Kingdom Brawl Released An arcade tournament will be held next month.
  • Space Junkies PC VR Review: Ubisoft’s Space Shooter Is More Unreal Than Echo VR
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    Having a fast-paced shooter in VR isn’t unheard of. With games like Robo Recall, Pavlov VR, and even the less traditional games like Audica around, shooting is commonplace within VR. It is completely natural to start firing off weapons in VR because of how intuitively the first-person perspective fits and how much more intense it makes everything feel. So, when Ubisoft announced Space Junkies, while there may have been some excitement, it’s not like it was new ground being broken here.

    Space Junkies is a light-hearted free-flying space shooter that pits you against up to three other players. The tutorial sets the kind of tone you can expect from the gameplay. It is exceptionally silly and doesn’t take itself seriously. You start by learning the controls as you would in any game, but you also get to try out some of the weapons on offer. The movement is done in a similar style to Blade and Sorcery, you move in the direction you are looking. Unlike Blade and Sorcery though, you can look straight up and fully explore the zero-gravity environments in which the battles take place.

    The freedom of movement makes the battles in Space Junkies absolutely exhilarating. Plus, the way the game moves never induces the motion sickness you can sometimes get with some VR games because you know the movement is unnatural. It means you can be boosting straight down at the floor and always feel in control. You can move using the thumbsticks too, but it is rarely needed outside of strafing in three-dimensions.

    The weapons are excellent and have some great variety too. You get to choose a couple that you go into battle with like a sword and shield. This allows you to always have your own playstyle, but these are mostly gadgets like a sonar or a medi-kit rather than weapons. Most of the weapons can be picked up in the arenas themselves; whoever cleans up space is incredibly lax when it comes to immensely powerful weaponry it would seem.

    There are standard things like pistols and sub-machine guns, though even these have a fun twist on them. Of all the weapons, though, three standout as being more interesting than the rest. Not because the rest are bad, just because these ones are incredibly good fun. The Slingshot is exactly what it sounds like, except instead of rocks or water balloons, you fire off powerful grenades. The Plasma Rifle is a long-range sniper rifle you have to charge up before each shot. It makes landing a hit so satisfying. Then you have a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher that fires rockets you can control. It’s reminiscent of the Cerebral Bore from Turok.

    You even have different classes of character to play as. These give you a different mix of speed and resilience to allow you to play how you want to play. Take a strong class like the Juggernaut and then use a shield and you can be a tank. If you prefer speed, then playing as the Buzzkill and using

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  • PlatformaVR Gets Into the Rhythm With Wave Circles for HTC Vive It's currently an early prototype.
  • Robo Recall’s Quest Version Looks Like A Big Downgrade From Rift
    Robo Recall’s Quest Version Looks Like A Big Downgrade From Rift

    We've finally seen what Robo Recall on Oculus Quest actually looks like in today's sizzle reel before PAX East. Check it out!

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  • Hands-On: Five Night’s At Freddy’s VR Is Just As Creepy As You’d Expect
    Hands-On: Five Night’s At Freddy’s VR Is Just As Creepy As You’d Expect

    We played Five Night's at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted on PSVR and somehow survived to tell the tale. No one knows how we made it through in one piece!

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  • Hands-On: Falcon Age Is An Adorable Adventure Starring The Cutest Bird
    Hands-On: Falcon Age Is An Adorable Adventure Starring The Cutest Bird

    This week at a pre-PAX East demo event we got the chance to go hands-on with Falcon Age and came away smiling.

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  • Enjoy Some Tranquil VR Yoga at Two Bit Circus’ Micro-Amusement Park Two Bit Circus' Beta night returns in April.
  • Star Wars: Vader Immortal Tease May Hint At New Villain
    Star Wars: Vader Immortal Tease May Hint At New Villain

    Yesterday’s Oculus Quest sizzle reel held lots of surprises. We saw the reveal of new games like Creed: Rise to Glory and Vacation Simulator. Perhaps most excitingly, though, we got our first in-game look at Star Wars: Vader Immortal. The story-driven experience will debut on Quest later this year and will get a full reveal at Star Wars Celebration next month. But eagle-eyed Star Wars fans think even this tiny glimpse provides some story clues.

    In the snippet, we see Darth Vader himself marching towards us. But, behind him, there’s what looks like an Imperial Officer standing guard. He seems to be sporting the same green uniform and cap seen in the movies. But, more notably, he also sports a robotic arm and, when he turns towards the camera, we see around three-quarters of his face appears to be metallic too. Clearly this character has a bigger role to play than just an identi-kit guard?

    There could already be an explanation for what’s going on here. As one fan pointed out on Twitter, this guard could be a character from the series’ expanded universe known as Vidian. Vidian makes his first appearance in the 2014 book, A New Dawn, written by John Jackson Miller. It’s a prequel to the Star Wars: Rebels animated series, which itself is set between the events of the Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One movies. Vader Immortal also takes place in this broad window.

    Could Count Vidian be showing up in Vader: Immortal? (From the new Oculus Quest preview) cc: @StarWarsExplain #StarWars #OculusQuest pic.twitter.com/jsQJ0D9LUt

    — Devin Reed (@DevinReed1138) March 27, 2019

    In the book, Vidian is working for the Empire when he contracts a rare disease called Shilmer’s syndrome. It’s a degenerative disorder that consumes the victim’s limbs and vocal cords. Like Vader himself, Vidian survives by rebuilding parts of himself mechanically.

    It’s quite possible that we’re looking at Vidian here, then. Or, at the very least, it could be another character that also contracts Shilmer’s syndrome. Back at the start of the year, ILMxLAB teased Vader Immortal as a ‘new opportunity to cheat death’. Rebuilding yourself to avoid falling to a fatal disease certainly seems to fit in with that phrasing.

    It’s all just speculation at this point, but it’s an interesting theory. We’ll no doubt find out more when Vader Immortal gets its full reveal on April 12th.

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  • Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot Gets July Release, Rift Support Confirmed
    Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot Gets July Release, Rift Support Confirmed

    Put another big VR game down on your release calendar. Betheda’s Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot just got a release date, and it’s a few months away.

    The series’ first VR spin-off will arrive on July 26th 2019. Word comes by way of a new Steam listing that also confirms it will support HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The latter hadn’t previously been confirmed, no doubt due to Oculus and Bethesda owner ZeniMax getting into a recently-settled legal scuffle.

    There’s also a PlayStation Store listing that confirms the PSVR launch will be on the same day. That’s also the same day as the new co-op shooter, Wolfenstein: Youngblood arrives. That means we’ll probably get another look at it during Bethesda’s upcoming E3 2019 press conference in June.

    Cyberpilot is a very different beast to Youngblood, taking you to 1980’s Paris. This time you hack into Nazi war machines and charge through the city streets causing as much havoc as possible. We tried the game when it was announced at E3 last year but we weren’t too taken with it. Whilst it has more polish than a lot of other VR games out there, the lack of threat and variety made it pretty dull to play. Hopefully that’s been changed up for the final release.

    The game’s being developed by both series developer Machine Games and Dishonored creator Arkane Studios. What we don’t know is just how much content the full experience will offer. Will we be getting a full campaign or is this more of an experience?

    Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot will cost $19.99. If you want to get the full Wolfenstein experience in VR, though, might we recommend this brilliant mod for the original classic?

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  • Every Game Confirmed For Oculus Quest So Far
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    Here is a list of all the major VR titles coming to Oculus Quest in 2019. Which ones are you picking up when the new standalone headset launches in Spring?

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  • VRChat, Rec Room, Vacation Simulator Confirmed For Oculus Quest

    Oculus teases a new heap of Quest launch titles ahead of PAX East. As part of their ongoing ‘Quest Countdown’ campaign, Oculus is in full hype mode as the company continues to reveal new launch titles for their upcoming Oculus Quest standalone headset. We just learned at this years GDC that the immensely popular rhythm

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  • Rec Room, Apex Construct, I Expect You to Die and More Confirmed for Oculus Quest Spring 2019 can't come fast enough.
  • Lionsgate Announces ‘Five Nights At Freddy’s VR’ For All Major Headsets

    The infamous survival horror title arrives on PSVR, Oculus, and SteamVR this April. Much like the haunted animatronics lurking throughout the halls of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, 2014’s Five Nights at Freddy’s is a seemingly unkillable entity. Since its launch, the point-and-click survival horror game has spawned five major sequels, two spin-off titles, and three novel

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  • Game of Thrones is Getting the Mixed Reality Treatment on Magic Leap One The headset will also be sold in AT&T stores.