This year’s Game Developers Conference brought a lot of virtual reality game announcements which dominated the gaming scene the whole week. With the March 28 release of the Oculus Rift, April 5 for HTC Vive, and the PlayStation VR scheduled for October, 2016 is shaping up to be the year of virtual reality.
Not to be outdone, video game companies from traditional formats also made big announcements recently. A more powerful version of the PlayStation 4 that’s in the works also came up, as well as supposed leaked images for Nintendo’s NX controller. Here’s a recap:
Real-time strategy game, “Battlefleet Gothic: Armada”, launched its beta version for those who pre-ordered the game on Steam or on the game’s website. Pre-orders also came with a 10 percent discount and the Space Marines Fleet downloadable content for free.
Tripwire Interactive released gameplay footage for their upcoming first person shooter, “Rising Storm 2: Vietnam”. The footage was taken from the game’s alpha version.
Tom Happ’s “Axiom Verge” will be ported to Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U sometime this year, with a PlayStation Vita version also on the way once Sony approves of the submission. The game is currently out for the PlayStation 4 and Steam.
Sony finally announced an October 2016 release date for their virtual reality machine, PlayStation VR. The headset costs $399 by itself, but Sony announced a limited amount of $499 bundles, including two PlayStation Move controllers and a PlayStation camera. Pre-orders for the bundles went live across different retailers on March 22. Amazon held a second round of pre-orders the next day.
According to Ubisoft’s tweet, an “Assassin’s Creed” VR experience based on the upcoming movie will be coming within this year.
“ARK: Survival Evolved” got a free, multiplayer spinoff called “ARK: Survival of the Fittest”. The game, which Studio Wildcard considers as “built for eSport gameplay”, is currently available on Steam as an early access game.
Oculus revealed 30 games that will be launching along with the Rift on March 28.
“Gears of War 4” will have an early access multiplayer beta from April 18 to April 24 for those who have “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition”. Xbox Live Gold members can join the open beta from April 25 to May 1.
Microsoft announced that they are letting developers implement cross-network play on their games, the first of which being “Rocket League”. This feature would enable players to play with each other over different gaming networks. Unfortunately, Sony’s statement to GameSpot doesn’t quite commit to the idea yet.
Rebellion is bringing the classic arcade game, “Battlezone”, to virtual reality devices. The game will reportedly release first on PlayStation VR, while releases on other devices will come at a later date.
Koei Tecmo America announced a June 7 release date for “Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book”. The game will be available on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Those interested in the PlayStation 4 version can purchase a limited edition bundle.
Microsoft announced during a panel at Game Developers Conference (GDC) that they will be launching a feature for developers called “Xbox Live Tournaments Platform”. This feature will enable easy integration for tournaments within Xbox Live. E-sports networks ESL and FaceIt already partnered with Microsoft to host their tournaments using this new feature.
Valve introduced custom game passes for their game “DOTA 2”. Players who purchase the passes will unlock extra perks within a custom game. Sales funds will go towards the creators of the custom games.
Bungie revealed recently that the latest patch for “Destiny” will deploy on April 12. Some of the new content include new gear, challenges, and quests. They also mentioned that those who already own “Destiny: The Taken King” can download the update for free.
“Audiosurf” creator Dylan Fitterer is releasing “Audioshield” this April for the HTC Vive. Unlike in “Audiosurf” where players catch notes in a vehicle, “Audioshield” players will block colored notes coming towards them using a similarly colored shield.
Kotaku recently reported that Sony is working on an upgrade for the PlayStation 4. According to their sources, the new machine will support 4K resolution.
ESPN’s app within the Xbox 360 was shut down on March 23. This leaves the Xbox One as the only Microsoft console carrying the app.
Reports surfaced recently that Nintendo will be ceasing Wii U production by the end of this year, based on a rumor published by Japanese newspaper “Nikkei”. However, a Nintendo of Japan spokesperson denied the rumor.