Top VR games to watch out for in 2023

Top VR games to watch out for in 2023

Looking for the best virtual reality games to play in 2023? Check out our top picks for the most anticipated VR titles coming out next year.

The following VR games are listed in alphabetical order. The best VR titles of the past year can be found here.

Aliens

Platforms: Unknown
Release: Unknown

Survios and 20th Century Fox announced a new game in the Aliens universe in July 2022. It will be released for PC, consoles and unspecified virtual reality platforms. The new story puts you between the first two science fiction classics Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986).

Aus dem Nebel tauchen mehrere Xenomorphs auf.

Teaser image for a new Alien game. | Image: 20th Century Fox / Survios

According to the official website, you take on the role of a battle-hardened veteran who leads a vendetta against the Xenomorphs. That sounds like an action-heavy game. Survios itself classifies it as an “action horror game”. Technically, the game is based on the Unreal Engine 5.

Survios, the studio behind the highly-acclaimed boxing game Creed: Rise to Glory, has gained a wealth of experience in the world of virtual reality with licensed games like Westworld Awakening. While their portfolio also includes the less successful The Walking Dead: Onslaught, the studio is known for its elaborate virtual reality settings, with Creed: Rise to Glory standing out as a particularly impressive example, even on the Quest headset.

Fans of the Aliens franchise will be pleased to hear that a virtual reality version of Alien: Isolation is in the works, with a possible release date in 2023. The PC VR mod for Alien: Isolation has already proven that the franchise and VR are a perfect match, with the game making it onto our list of the best VR horror games. Keep an eye out for more updates on this highly anticipated VR title from Survios.”

Assassin’s Creed Nexus

Platforms: Unknown Meta Quest Headsets
Release: Unknown

As fans continue to wait for more big-name game series to make the jump into VR, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Nexus might just be the answer to their wishes. The game was first announced by Meta over two years ago, with only a hint that familiar characters would appear in the new VR adventure.

Recently, leaks have provided further insight into the game, including a leaked gameplay video that surfaced on Reddit in April 2022. Keep an eye out for more updates on this highly anticipated VR title from Ubisoft.

According to leaks, Ubisoft’s highly anticipated VR game, Assassin’s Creed Nexus, will offer players the chance to take on the roles of familiar characters including Ezio, Cassandra, Connor, and Haytham in linear missions that last around 20 minutes each.

While there will be no open game world, players can expect to engage in all the classic elements of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, including sneaking, pickpocketing, lockpicking, fighting with precision, climbing, and the iconic “Leap of Faith.” The game will also feature a range of weapons including swords, hidden blades, throwing knives, smoke bombs, and a crossbow.

In addition to these features, Nexus will include parkour sequences that can be activated with the push of a button and options to prevent motion sickness. The game is expected to be released for Quest headsets in 2023, potentially coinciding with the release of the Quest 3 headset.

Behemoth

Platforms: Meta Quest 2, Playstation VR 2, PC VR
Release: 2023

Skydance Interactive, the studio behind the highly successful VR game The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, is set to release the sequel, Chapter 2: Retribution, at the end of 2022.

The studio’s newest VR game, Behemoth, looks to be an epic adventure in which players will take on giant colossi in a brutal fight for survival with a hint of folk horror. Keep an eye out for more updates on this highly anticipated VR title as the release date approaches.

Players will take on the role of an outcast fighting their way through the ruins of a collapsed civilization in search of secrets that may still be buried in the rubble. The game features fully physics-based swordplay against human opponents, including realistic collisions, blocks, and parries. Players can also utilize a grappling hook to bring enemies closer or climb steep walls.

While gameplay scenes have yet to be shown, this VR title is expected to be a potential hit in 2023. Keep an eye out for more updates as the release date approaches.

Firewall Ultra

Platforms: Playstation VR 2
Release: Unknown

Firewall Ultra from First Contact Entertainment looks to be the VR version of Rainbow Six Siege. Its predecessor, Firewall Zero Hour for the original Playstation VR, is widely considered one of the best and most popular tactical shooters in the VR space.

As an exclusive title for the Playstation VR 2, Firewall Ultra is expected to take advantage of the new headset’s capabilities, including the ability to select weapons and user interface elements through eye control. Keep an eye out for more updates on this highly anticipated VR title as it approaches its release.

Firewall Ultra is expected to feature a range of weapons that behave differently in combat. The game’s Contracts mode, in which a team of mercenaries tries to hack a laptop while the opposing team tries to stop them, returns with a few updates. Matches will now take place in rounds of three on dedicated servers to reduce lag, and the studio has promised an entirely new PvE experience against bots.

In addition to these updates, Firewall Ultra is set to feature new maps and clients, as well as a complete overhaul of old content, including new areas, textures, and character models. It is currently unclear whether the game will be part of the launch lineup for the Playstation VR 2, but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Firmament

Platforms: Playstation VR 2, PC VR
Release: Playstation VR 2: February 22, 2023, PC-VR: unknown

Adventure game fans will be pleased to hear that the highly anticipated crowdfunding project, Firmament, from Myst studio Cyan Worlds, is set to be released on a range of platforms including PC-VR, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, and the new Playstation VR 2 headset. The game will not be compatible with the Playstation VR 1 headset.

Firmament takes players on a journey through a series of fantastic worlds with the help of a spherical, mechanical companion. Players will communicate with the mysterious artifact using gestures as they explore the stunning ice landscapes with steampunk aesthetics. Myst veterans will feel right at home in this immersive world.

This isn’t the first VR title from the studio, which previously released adaptations of its classic Myst for the Meta Quest 2 and PC VR, as well as the sci-fi adventure Obduction in 2016, known for its breathtaking backdrops and challenging puzzles.

Ghostbusters: Rise Of The Ghost Lord

Platforms: Meta Quest 2, Playstation VR 2
Release: 2023

After the unsuccessful first VR adventure of the Ghostbusters, Sony has hired the renowned VR studio nDreams, known for games like Fracked and Phantom: Covert Ops, for a new game in the franchise: Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord. In addition to building your own headquarters and customizing your character, players can hunt for ghosts solo or cooperatively.

Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord will not be a sequel to the recent feature film Ghostbusters: Legacy, but rather a new story set in the Ghostbusters universe, taking place between the present and the near future. Players will be tasked with solving a “profound mystery” as they hunt for ghosts and other ethereal creatures in the city of San Francisco, armed with a proton pack and a P.K.E. meter.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Platforms: Meta Quest 2
Release: unknown

After the success of Meta’s VR version of Resident Evil 4, fans are wondering if Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will achieve similar success in VR. The VR port of the open-world game was announced as an exclusive for the Quest 2 at the end of 2021, and is said to have been in development for several years.

The 2004 classic Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas set the bar high in terms of game world scale and the dynamic response of CJ’s stomach to binge eating or training sessions. Mark Zuckerberg has promised that players will be able to experience the classic in “a new way,” though it is not yet clear whether this will include a first-person perspective on the cities of Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas.

Hellsweeper VR

Platforms: Meta Quest 2, PC-VR, probably also Playstation VR 2.
Release: PC-VR: 2nd quarter 2023, Quest 2: unknown

Hellsweeper VR from Mixed Realms is promising some of the “craziest moves in VR,” including wall-running, power-sliding, backflips, bullet-time, and more. The game features waves of enemies that come from all directions, requiring fast and nimble movements complemented by a range of melee and ranged weapons, as well as magical elements. The combination of movement and attack results in action-packed moments reminiscent of a Devil May Cry in first-person perspective.

In addition to single player and co-op modes, Hellsweeper VR is expected to offer a roguelike mode and a sandbox mode, though details on the latter have not yet been released. The game is a strong contender for “VR Action Fireworks of the Year,” and while versions for the Meta Quest 2 and PC VR are confirmed, Mixed Realms has also announced on Twitter that it is “targeting” a conversion for the Playstation VR 2 headset.

Horizon Call of the Mountain

Platforms: Playstation VR 2
Release: February 22, 2023

In Horizon Call of the Mountain, players will be fully immersed in the Horizon universe as they take on the role of Ryas, a former Shadow Carja warrior and masterful climber and archer. Along the way, they’ll use various tools and weapons, craft additional equipment with found materials, and encounter new and old Horizon characters, including Aloy herself. The game is a collaboration between original studio Guerrilla Games and Sony’s VR studio Firesprite, known for The Persistence.

In addition to the main story, Call of the Mountain features an immersive river journey that offers a panoramic view of the game world. Sony is promoting this VR experience as the perfect introduction to the magic of the Playstation VR 2, and the details and interactive elements in the preview version were already atmospheric.

Unlike its predecessors, Horizon Call of the Mountain is not an open-world game and follows a more linear story that will take about seven hours to complete. It remains to be seen how the battles, which take place in arenas rather than openly stalking enemies, will hold up in terms of gameplay. During a fight, players can only circle their enemies on a predefined path. Keep an eye out for more updates on this highly anticipated VR title as it approaches its release.

Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom

Platforms: Meta Quest 2, PC VR, Pico 4
Release date: Meta Quest 2, Pico 4: March 9, 2023, PC-VR: Unknown

Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom offers players the chance to join the notorious gang and cause chaos in 1920s Birmingham. The action-adventure game features missions and interactions with characters from the series, voiced by the original actors Cillian Murphy and Paul Anderson.

Developed by VR studio Maze Theory, known for Doctor Who: The Edge of Time, together with the production company of the TV series, the game aims to stay true to the original and will also introduce new characters.

Resident Evil 4 (VR Content)

Platforms: Playstation VR 2
Release: March 24, 2023 (PS5)

Capcom is working on a next-gen remake of Resident Evil 4 that will feature support for the Playstation VR 2 on the PS5. While it’s not yet clear whether the complete remake will be playable with the VR headset or if it will only feature a special VR mode, the announcement included the cryptic note “Content for Playstation VR 2 also in development,” which could mean that the remake will not be fully playable in VR like Resident Evil Village.

Originally released in 2005, Resident Evil 4 put a focus on action and pace as players take on the role of special agent Leon S. Kennedy, sent to Europe to rescue the kidnapped daughter of the US president from a cult. In a remote village, they’ll have to fight against mutated residents and various monsters while also collecting and selling treasures to invest in weapons like pistols, assault rifles, and bazookas.

Resident Evil Village

Platforms: Playstation VR 2
Release: February 22, 2023

The VR mode of Resident Evil Village is expected to be one of the best games for the Playstation VR 2 and virtual reality, just like its predecessor, Resident Evil 7, which terrified over a million players. The new game allows for free hand movements and dual weapon fighting, making it feel even more realistic.

The haptic feedback of the PSVR 2 will also enhance immersion, vibrating when you’re dragged across the floor by Lady Dimitrescu’s daughters. Foveated rendering, which uses eye tracking to allow for sharp and detailed depictions of the environment, will also contribute to the immersive experience. Along with Horizon Call of the Mountain, Resident Evil Village is set to set new standards for VR graphics.

Owners of the Standard Edition or Gold Edition of the game will receive the VR mode as a free DLC.

The Dark Pictures: Switchback

Platforms: Playstation VR 2
Release: February 22, 2023

The Dark Pictures: Switchback” is set to be a terrifying VR experience on the Playstation VR 2, with players facing off against scary creatures and supernatural enemies on a haunted ghost train. The game will feature haptic feedback to immerse players in the ride, as well as adaptive triggers on the Sense controllers and eye tracking technology to make the experience even more intense.

The use of spatial audio on the PSVR 2 will also add to the creepy atmosphere. Developed by Supermassive Games, known for their work on the horror game “Until Dawn: Rush of Blood,” “The Dark Pictures: Switchback” promises to be a thrilling addition to the “Dark Pictures Anthology” series.