At this early stage in VR game development, there’s a definite need for deeply engaging, story-based single-player adventure games. So to get you excited about some of the upcoming titles you can expect this year, we put together a short list for you. These games are by no means the only single-player adventure games that will release for VR platforms this year. But they are the titles that right now have us eagerly awaiting the chance to don our headsets and fire em up.
Lone Echo – Oculus Touch
Currently being developed by, Ready At Dawn, Lone Echo is an upcoming single-player game with an immersive story set in space in the 23rd century. In the game you play the role of Jack – an artificially intelligent robot who helps astronauts run and maintain a space station that orbits Saturn. The game focuses on a soaring locomotion method with 1:1 hand-based zero-gravity movement where you grab and push off of surfaces to move around. Along with the single-player campaign, Lone Echo will also feature a capture the flag multiplayer component. The release date is TBA but the developers are looking at a 2017 release.
Arktika.1 – Oculus Touch
From creators behind the Metro series, 4A Games, comes a first-person shooter game set in an icy, futuristic wasteland. So basically Metro VR. In Arktika.1 you play a mercenary in a world 80 years in the future where global warming has caused the world to freeze over and nations have collapsed into huge migrations. These revolve around cities that have sprung up around the equator. And you have been hired to protect one of these colonies in what was Russia. The developers promise a lengthy campaign with multiple levels and environments to travel between – like their Metro titles. In terms of locomotion, the game uses teleportation on fixed points. Arktika.1 is set to have a Q3 2017 release.
Stifled – HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR
Stifled is a mic-enabled sound-based survival thriller currently in development by Gattai Games. In the game you use sound to see the environment around you. Because the sounds made by your in-game character and yourself through your microphone input reveal the otherwise hidden world through ‘echolocation’. The problem is that the creatures in the darkness can hear you as well. So in order to survive, you will have to be careful and choose when to make sounds to see, and staying quiet and hidden. The final release date is still TBA, with developers just promising a 2017 release.
Farpoint – Playstation VR
A PSVR exclusive in development by SIEA/Impulse Gear, Farpoint is an adventure game set in the far reaches of space. After being stranded on an uncharted, strange planet, you set out to find a crashed space station – The Pilgrim – and its survivors to find a way back home. However, you only have standard issue equipment and a small arsenal of weapons to keep you alive. The release date for Farpoint is 17 May 2017. Along with that, Playstation is also launching a PSVR Aim Controller at the same time, bundled with the game.
Private Eye – Oculus Touch, HTC Vive, PSVR
Private Eye is a psychological thriller being developed by Slacker Games and the development team is looking to release the title either late spring or early summer this year. In Private Eye you are a wheelchair-bound detective who tries to recover lost memories of how you lost your legs. The beautiful New York noir setting and thoughtful story create a mysterious atmosphere.
Detached – HTC Vive, Oculus Rift
Developed by Anshar Studios, Detached is currently in Early Access. But the full game will be releasing May 18. You play a space scavenger who visits abandoned space stations looking for scrap to salvage. But things go wrong and you get trapped. It’s a race against time as you race to find your crew before your oxygen supply runs out.You have to solve puzzles to open airlocks, locate power cores and disable transmitters. But you soon find out that you aren’t alone when you finally escape. Read more about Detached in our full coverage.
Fallout 4 VR – HTC Vive
A lot of people were surprised when Bethesda first announced that they’re working on a VR version of the full Fallout 4 game. Then shortly after, the hype train left the station. And we’re pretty much still riding the tracks. Choo, Choo! There have been issues with porting games into VR, but if the team over at Bethesda stays dedicated then this AAA VR title could very well set the standard for the VR industry. There isn’t a release date for the game yet, but the studio has said that people should keep an eye on E3 2017 in June.
The Soulkeeper VR – HTC Vive
This is probably one of the most ambitious fantasy RPG titles currently in the works for VR. The Soulkeeper VR, which is being developed by Helm Systems, will be an episodic title which revolves around the stories of various characters set in a fantasy world. This world is filled with magic, various factions, and a rich history. The release date for The Soulkeeper is TBA, but we’re hopeful for a 2017 release. Read more about the game in our full coverage.
Ark Park – HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR
After being announced last year, people have been waiting excitedly for more news about dinosaur adventure game from Snail Games. But it’s still set to release later this year. In the game you visit a Jurassic Park-like island with vicious dinos that you can pet. Yup, they’re pretty tame and you can walk around in what’s basically a dino zoo. We’re pretty excited about it. Let the Rex race begin!
Golem – PSVR
Golem is the first title from Highwire Games, an independent development team with former Halo and Destiny developers. In Golem you play the role of a girl who is stuck at home in bed due to a serious injury. But you dream of exploring the outside world. This girl has developed the power to create and control stone golems and to see through their eyes. At first, you can only create small doll-sized golems that can walk around the bedroom. But eventually, you grow in power and create 15-foot tall golems who can explore the abandoned city outside. Golem was supposed to be released last year but got postponed. The current release date for Golem is TBA, but it’s expected to be sometime this year.