After the slightly disappointing, yet acceptable, Oculus Quest release date announcements yesterday, what could Oculus pull out the bag this week for their QuestCountdown?
A big spanking new game announcement? No, that would be far to good. Instead we have a round up of four Adrenalin-fuelled action games coming to the Oculus Quest at launch.
Creed: Rise to Glory
CREED: Rise to Glory™ lets you step into the ring as Adonis Creed and rise through the upper ranks to see if you make the cut—or look through the eyes of film franchise tigers like Rocky Balboa, Apollo Creed, and Ivan Drago. And this is a serious heavyweight title: The Quest version includes all of the Freeplay and PVP content updates to date.
“At Survios, we love to focus our games on what we call ‘Active VR’—to us, that means full-body active experiences where the player has to fully utilize their hands, arms, and body in order to play the game,” says Survios Head of Studio Mike McTyre. “We took this a step further in CREED: Rise to Glory with not only punching and blocking, but with dodging attacks at the right moment to enter into slo-mo. This rewards players for physically moving their whole upper body at the right moment during gameplay. These types of experiences are magical and can only be truly experienced in VR.”
FitXR Co-Founder Sameer Baroova explains why untethered VR changes the game for fitness enthusiasts: “Quest’s portability means far greater access; users can now play BoxVR regardless of location, without complex or time-consuming setup, so it’s perfect whether at home or on the road. The lack of cables is ideal for the kinds of workout sessions at the core of BoxVR—particularly when throwing quick combos, doing lots of dodging and weaving, etc. We have a team of professional fitness instructors who help design the workout routines in BoxVR, and they’re having a blast choreographing new routines that take full advantage of the freedom of movement that Quest enables.”
Drop Dead: Dual Strike Edition
In Drop Dead: Dual Strike Edition, you’ll fight for your life in a zombie survival game rebuilt for Quest’s full freedom of motion. The new Dual Strike version reanimates the classic shooter by allowing co-op players to dual wield all the original guns, or dig the undead a new grave with shovels and other new melee weapons to get your smash and bash on. You can dip, dive, duck, and dodge projectiles in order to get up close to the zombie horde to finally put them six feet under.
“VR is pushing creative boundaries beyond any other format of interactive entertainment,” says Pixel Toys CEO Andy Wafer. “With Quest’s six degrees of freedom, the possibilities for interacting with the game environments are only going to expand. It offers these immersive experiences at an accessible entry point, meaning more and more people will be experiencing the storytelling power of VR. We’re super excited about this, as we believe it will only inspire more people to harness the unique potential of VR.”
Racket Fury: Table Tennis
This game turns it all the way up to 11 with a visually-stunning single-player campaign that pits you against 16 distinct opponents across four challenging cups, while multiplayer lets you turn the tables on players anywhere in the world. This brand of ping-pong is not for the faint of heart.
“To be honest, VR has actually become our crush, and although the technology has been around for a while, we’re still thrilled to see it constantly develop and offer more and more possibilities,” says Pixel Edge Games CEO Sebastian Boczek. “VR is an incredible opportunity for all of us—it has brought games to a completely different level.”
Maintain the hype
It’s going to be difficult to maintain or even regain the amount of hype Oculus had at F8. It also didn’t help
With less than 20 days left to go until the Oculus Quest launches worldwide, we have a few more weeks where Oculus can dig deep, pull out a few yet to be announced launch games and generally up its marketing game.