Oculus presented its first-ever Oculus Gaming Showcase in which the VR company revealed some of the games it is developing for its VR platform. More footage was released from Resident Evil 4 VR and Lone Echo II, among others.
The remake of the ever-popular horror game Resident Evil 4 for the Oculus Quest 2 was first announced during Capcom’s Resident Evil Showcase last week. The public got to see even more footage of the new game during the Oculus Gaming Showcase. Capcom, Armature Studios and Oculus say they have been working on the game for several years. Resident Evil 4 VR will be playable in first-person mode and with a higher frame rate than 30fps. Oculus has not disclosed what the average frame rate will be.
About 4,500 in-game textures would have been overhauled for this ‘full-fledged’ VR version. The weapons and other objects have been made interactive in this version, the cutscenes and character animations have been updated to Unreal Engine 4 and the AI of enemies has been tackled to make them fit better in a VR game. According to Oculus, the game will be released later this year, an exact date has not yet been announced. Resident Evil 4 VR will only be playable with an Oculus Quest 2 headset.
After VR game developer Ready At Dawn released VR game Lone Echo for the Oculus VR headset in 2017, Facebook bought the game studio in 2020. The game was well received and in 2018 Ready At Dawn announced the successor Lone Echo II.
Lone Echo II picks up where the first part left off. The first VR game of the series was known for its creative use of the touch controls from the Oculus VR set, and Lone Echo II would make use of the same game mechanics. Lone Echo II can be played on the Oculus Rift and on the Oculus Quest via Air Link. The game is expected this summer.
Episode 2 of Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge was announced for the Oculus Quest platform. Episode 2 is the sequel to the first installment of the game series that was released in November for the Oculus Quest and Quest 2. The new installment is set again on the planet Battu where droid repairmen and pirates rule. Game developer ILMxLAB suggested two new characters, but did not provide further details about the story. ‘Keep an eye on our site for further details’, it sounds. Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge: Episode 2 is expected later this year.
Developer Cloudhead Games unveiled an expansion for the VR shooter Pistol Whip at the Oculus Gaming Showcase. Called Smoke & Thunder, this expansion features five levels that tell a story set in the Wild West and will be released this summer for the Oculus platform, Playstation VR and on PC via VR.
Game developer Pixel Toys announced an update for the VR shooter Warhammer 40K: Battle Sister. The free update, expected from June, will enable co-op, introduce a new game mode and make three new maps available. Thanks to the update, Warhammer 40K: Battle Sister will also be playable on the Oculus Rift.
The event also announced the snowboarding game Carve Snowboarding from the makers of Nintendo 64 classic 1080 Snowboarding, as well as VR first person shooter After The Fall, escape game Wraith: The Oblivion and finally Star Wars Pinball VR. The latter will be released on April 29.