January isn’t often known as a big month for videogame releases. So when People Can Fly and Incuvo announced the launch date for Bulletstorm VR, that became a highlight of the month. Until the day of release actually arrived. Reviews have been mostly negative – some did say it was fun at points – pointing to a largely poor experience. And the teams have acknowledged how broken Bulletstorm VR is.
During the course of 2023, there have been three Steam Next Fest’s. These are week-long events where you can demo new and upcoming titles, giving developers a chance to showcase and promote their projects. When it came to VR studios they also took part but in far smaller numbers. However, in December we get our own dedicated Steam VR Fest to enjoy.
Where possible, one of the best features developers use to create longevity in a game is with a level editor. The likes of Vertigo 2 and Synth Riders have their own editors and now so does We Are One. Developer Flat Head Studio and publisher Fast Travel Games have released the level editor as a free update for We Are One.
Japanese VR specialist MyDearest Inc. is currently in the process of developing its fourth title, Brazen Blaze. The studio recently announced that to help expand its current drop of IPs – which includes its Chronos series – it has secured new funding. Thanks to a recent investment round led by led by SBI Investment Co., MyDearest Inc. has managed to raise $7.8 million USD (1.2 billion yen).
The Meta Quest 3 might be the hot new virtual reality headset but there’s still plenty of life in its predecessor. The Quest 2 might be three years old but it can still run all the Quest Store games. Just without the fancier visuals and full-colour mixed reality capabilities. And for the festive season, Meta has slashed the price of Quest 2.
If there’s one game almost all VR fans are likely to have played its Job Simulator. Created by Owlchemy Labs back in 2016, the game still appears on PSVR’s monthly download charts. At the helm of the studio was co-founder and former CEO/CTO Devin Reimer, who left and has now announced his latest venture, AstroBeam. This is a new studio dedicated to VR multiplayer.
Pre-ordering games for bonuses is nothing new but the trend is definitely increasing in VR. Ziggy’s Cosmic Adventures, Arizona Sunshine 2, CookieRun: The Darkest Night and Lego Bricktales are just some of the most recent examples. Joining that trend is indie developer E McNeill’s upcoming action roguelike IRONSTRIKE, with pre-orders now live.
October’s new VR games didn’t disappoint and looking at November’s roster there’s even more to look forward to. Once again there are over 20 titles confirmed so far, for PlayStation VR 2, Meta Quest 3 and 2, and PCVR headsets. So let’s dive in and see all the new VR games set to arrive this November.