Next week sees the return of Connect, Meta’s annual showcase for all things XR. As you’re probably very well aware by now, the event is expected to see the Meta Quest 3 make its official appearance after its initial tease during the Quest Showcase earlier this year. Over the past month, there have been plenty of Quest 3 leaks. With few hardware surprises left apart for the launch date. However, when it comes to Quest 3 launch games, that’s another matter.
Because of its standalone design, the Quest line of VR headsets is more akin to a console launch. Meta has heavily pushed the Quest 2 as a one-stop-shop for all your VR needs, whether that’s for entertainment, communication, work or learning. Gaming has been a huge factor, mirroring PlayStation and Xbox with platform exclusives like Resident Evil 4, Asgard’s Wrath, Lone Echo, The Climb and many more.
So you’d expect Meta to have a few juicy titles waiting in the wings.
Quest 3 Launch Games
So let’s start with the games we know about. Titles like Asgard’s Wrath 2, Stranger Things VR and Wallace & Gromit in The Grand Getaway are already on the roster for 2023. These have been given generic Autumn or Winter release windows so as not to leak a possible Quest 3 launch date. In the case of Asgard’s Wrath 2, its ‘Winter’ release could very well be a month or so after the headset to aid festive sales.
Then there are the games which have only suggested a 2023 release. Titles like Five Nights At Freddy’s: Help Wanted 2, Attack on Titan VR: Unbreakable and Assassin’s Creed Nexus. Games like Assassin’s Creed Nexus are going to be the ones that’ll sell the headset. Showcasing the new Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ chipset, pancake lenses and new displays. It’ll arrive for Quest 2, of course, but VR fans will want to see it in all its next-gen VR glory.
Hopefully, Meta won’t simply fall into the trap of falling onto Quest 2’s back catalogue. Whilst it’s great that all your library will be compatible, will you really spend $500 on a new VR device to play old games? Some developers will, of course, be rolling out Quest 3 upgrades for their games. Some will make use of that extra horsepower, others the mixed reality features. For example, Skydance Interactive will be enhancing The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. Digital Lode, on the other hand, has built an Espire 2 mixed reality mode.
Don’t forget Arizona Sunshine 2 and Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord, from Vertigo Games and nDreams respectfully. These are going to be multi-platform titles but we wouldn’t be too surprised to hear an update during Connect.
Hopefully, the biggest surprise at Connect will be all the new games for Quest 3. If not, next week’s grand announcement might be a bit flat.
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