As the price tag of VR headsets continues to drop and developers find creative solutions for obstacles like motion sickness and user comfort, it’s clear that virtual reality is here to stay. And while Oculus, HTC, and Valve cater to the PC crowd, Sony is ahead of the curve when it comes to supporting VR on traditional gaming consoles.
PSVR may not offer the most comfortable experience or the best graphics, but where it does shine is it’s relatively low-cost for entry. Combine that with a massive library of popular VR titles, including some exclusives, and it becomes easy to see the appeal of Sony’s platform.
Here, we’ll be highlighting the best upcoming PSVR games you can look forward to playing throughout 2020 and beyond. Make sure to check back as we continue to update this list in the future. Lastly, while you’re here, consider reading through our other curated lists for more gaming recommendations:
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Developer: Cyan Worlds – Release Date: TBA
Firmament is a new steampunk-inspired adventure game from developer Cyan, best known for classics like Myst, Riven, and Obduction. Self-described as a “monumental voyage through diverse and curious realms,” the VR game sees you exploring a mysterious landscape brimming with puzzles to solve and lore to soak up.
Along your journey, you’ll be accompanied by a mechanical friend made of clock parts who acts as a key to opening new gateways to other worlds. The above teaser trailer from 2018 does a great job of setting you up for the game’s ethereal tone and mysterious narrative. With a track record like Cyan has, we’re expecting Firmament will deliver a satisfying and immersive experience worthy of VR.
Developer: IRIS V.R. – Release Date: TBA
LOW-FI made its debut on Kickstarter, where it quickly met and surpassed indie developer IRIS’s goal in a matter of only four days after the campaign had launched. Described as a “non-linear open-world sandbox,” the game drops you in a crime-ridden metropolis in need of a tough but fair police officer who’s not afraid to break a few laws or completely ignore them altogether.
As a new transfer, you’ll patrol city-block 303 and get to know its many inhabitants while solving cases and advancing the game’s story. Alternatively, you have the option of diving headfirst into the city’s criminal underworld where accepting bribes and killing anyone who gets in your way is standard practice. LOW-FI is currently expected to release by the end of 2020 for PC and PlayStation VR.
Developer: tha ltd. – Release Date: TBA
Enhanced ltd’s bizarre part-puzzler part-simulator Humanity will be arriving on PSVR sometime in 2020. Birthed out of a conceptual “human behavior simulator,” the game shows massive mobs of human beings controlled by the player.
Levels introduce unique challenges that require the player to guide an army of humans across platforms, through water, and into battle as they face off against enemy mobs. It’s one of the weirder games announced for this year, and we’re looking forward to experiencing it in VR.
The Walking Dead Onslaught
Developer: Survios – Release Date: TBA
Set within The Walking Dead universe, Onslaught offers a brand new story for players looking to experience the real-world horrors that come along with living in a zombie-infested world. The game uses real-motion melee and ranged combat for a more visceral experience tailored specifically for VR.
Combat sees you slicing, impaling, and dismembering Walkers in just about any way you can imagine. Although recent games based on TWD property haven’t been so awesome, Onslaught is being developed by Survios, the developers behind the successful VR first-person shooter Raw Data.
After the Fall
Developer: Vertigo Games – Release Date: TBA
Vertigo Games, the developer behind Arizona Sunshine and Skyworld, appears to be gearing up to release another VR first-person shooter. Set in an alternative, post-apocalyptic 1980s Los Angeles during the dawn of a new ice age, After the Fall has you fighting for survival as you try to endure freezing-cold temperatures in the middle of a zombie-alien invasion.
The game will reportedly include weapon and armor crafting, as well as the ability to upgrade and modify any gear you pick up along the way. In addition to a story campaign that’s playable in both single-player and online co-op with up to four friends, After the Fall includes a breadth of post-game content consisting of dynamic world events, side missions, and enemy encounters.
Sniper Elite VR
Developer: Rebellion | Just Add Water – Release Date: TBA
Sniper Elite creator Rebellion has partnered with developer Just Add Water to design a VR stealth-action game set in Sicily, Italy, during WW2. The game casts you as a soldier for the Italian Resistance whose been sent on a dangerous mission to destroy Nazi-controlled U-boats. To better suit the immersive nature of virtual reality, it will feature a first-person POV along with a new X-ray kill cam tailored for VR.
Additionally, players will be able to hone their sniping skills with an arsenal of authentic WW2-era weapons at their disposal. Like previous entries, Sniper Elite VR will feature sprawling environments that offer limitless opportunities to utilize different tactics and strategies.
Solaris: Offworld Combat
Developer: First Contact Ent. – Release Date: TBA
Sticking to what they do best, Firewall Zero Hour developer First Contact Entertainment has plans to release another online VR multiplayer shooter in 2020 titled Solaris: Offworld Combat. Much like the studio’s previous game, Solaris is going to feature fast-paced 4v4 battles set in futuristic-looking arenas.
Having learned from their mistakes while designing FZH, First Contact is planning to add dedicated servers this time around, which will ensure matches are more stable. So far, the game looks impressive enough to raise the bar for competitive VR shooters.
Developer: Playful Corp. – Release Date: TBA
Star Child is a story-driven platformer that follows the journey of Spectra and her companion, a mechanical being known as King, on an important mission to an alien planet. After becoming stranded, the pair uncover a powerful threat with the potential to cause massive destruction.
Only by working together can Spectra and her newfound friend defeat the intergalactic threat and escape the alien planet. Star Child‘s cinematic presentation and emotionally-gripping narrative themes are sure to strike a few heartstrings and make you feel invested in Spectra and her companion.
Developer: Monad Rock – Release Date: TBA
Blunt Force is an episodic, first-person VR shooter developed by Monad Rock. Set during the events of WWII, the game sees players experiencing two parallel storylines, one set before the war in which a spy is tasked with uncovering a mole within their organization. The second story takes place during the war and has players controlling a soldier fighting against the Nazi army.
Eventually, the two tales will converge and their hidden meaning will be revealed to the player. Blunt Force will include two modes: Arcade and Challenge. In Arcade mode, players will be given tips on how to solve puzzles and move the plot forward quicker. In Challenge mode, enemies pose a much more significant threat and players will have to be more precise when aiming weapons and positioning themselves in battle.