Bethesda’s quite the busy little virtual bee with loads of new VR-related announcements for us again this year. After porting three major titles to VR just last year (Fallout 4 VFR, Doom VFR, and Skyrim VR) they’re back at it again with more ports on the way. Not only did they announce a whole new game for VR in the Elder Scrolls universe called Elder Scrolls: Blades which will be coming to both mobile and PC VR platforms, but they’ve also announced at this year’s E3 2018 press event that they’re bringing two more major titles to virtual reality as well.
Prey Hunting The Prey
Bethesda is actually bringing two new Prey VR experiences to players worldwide. One is a VR mode that will be added onto the multiplayer mode called Prey: Typhon Hunter as part of the newly released Mooncrash DLC and Prey: Digital Deluxe. In it, you can play as either protagonist Morgan Yu or one of the Typhon mimics who is hunting him in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Except the cats are the ones hiding and can all turn themselves into inanimate objects like trash cans or a cup of coffee and the mouse has some nasty claws of his own. It’s very much reminiscent of a game of Garry’s Mod – PropHunt, except this time you’re in space and VR and non-VR players will be able to play together, effectively making this a great multiplayer option for VR players since finding other players is a mission on its own most of the time.
Along with the Typhon Hunter mode, players will also get a single-player VR mode in Prey called TranStar VR. This is an escape the room experience that places you in the role of a TranStar employee who has to solve various mysterious puzzles in the picturesque Talos I space station.
Both the Typhon Hunter and TranStar VR modes will become available later this summer as updates for the Mooncrash DLC and in the Prey: Digital Deluxe version.
Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot VR
While both the Prey VR experiences are only VR modes added onto pre-existing content, Bethesda is creating an all-new standalone VR experience for Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot VR. Due to release sometime in 2019, the title has no official supported platforms yet and details are slim for now.
We do know that the game takes place in 1980’s Paris and that you’ll play a hacker in the French resistance. Recruited as a cyberpilot, you’ll hack into and gain control of some powerful Nazi war machines, which you’ll use to gun down the enemy, essentially using their own weapons against them.
Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot VR takes place two decades after the events of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and gives you a shiny new fire-breathing Panzerhund to roll around in style with as you burn and stomp down on Nazi scum left and right. Although Bethesda is also launching a new non-VR Wolfenstein: Youngblood game – also announced at their Bethesda E3 showcase – we have no idea yet how or if these two new additions to the Wolfenstein universe fit together.
Both Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot VR and the two upcoming Prey VR modes showcases Bethesda’s continued dedication to stay at the forefront of AAA VR gaming experiences. For those lucky enough to be attending E3 this year, make sure to make a pit stop at the Bethesda booth as they’ll have all these new experiences available to play.