Virtual Reality Comes of Age
Previous E3 shows focused on indie studios developing games for new virtual reality platforms such as HTC Vive and Oculus Rift — but Sony's launch of PlayStation VR has changed the game. In addition to a slew of exclusive titles such as the multiplayer Mech shooter RIGS, the adventure game Golem, and the music actioner Rez Infinite, the company is getting support from big publishers such as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Batman: Arkham VR), Electronic Arts (Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing), Square Enix (Final Fantasy XV), and Capcom (Resident Evil 7: Biohazard VR).
Ubisoft is bringing Red Storm Entertainment's Star Trek: Bridge Crew, which lets four players beam up for multiplayer space exploration and combat aboard the U.S.S. Aegis, across all VR platforms. Bethesda Softworks is bringing its massive postapocalyptic open-world game Fallout 4 to HTC Vive in early 2017 and is developing Doom for VR. While cool new indie games such as Insomniac Games' hidden world, spell-casting multiplayer The Unspoken and Twisted Pixels' spooky, black-and-white adventure Wilson's Heart still make up the bulk of the offerings, big companies betting on VR at this early stage is one way to avoid it going the way of 3D TVs.