Doom VFR, the VR-compatible game following Id Software’s recent Doom (2016), is now available for pre-order for $29.99 on PSVR and HTC Vive, a far cry from the non-VR game’s original launch price of $59.99 just last year. You might be wondering why.
While the non-VR Doom has since gone down in price (now $29.99), it comes to us from the same parent studio, Bethesda, that just priced the upcoming Fallout 4 VR at a full price tag of $59.99. Bethesda confidently writes this in the first line of the Fallout 4 VR description:
“Fallout 4 […] finally comes in its entirety to VR. Fallout 4 VR includes the complete core game with all-new combat, crafting, and building systems fully reimagined for virtual reality. The freedom of exploring the wasteland comes alive like never before.”
Unlike Fallout 4 VR, what we’ve read in the product descriptions across the various digital marketplaces about Doom VFR’s doesn’t make it clear whether the VR game is going to be the full base game or another entirely separate experience all together. Only in a recent blog post does Bethesda call Doom VFR a “standalone VR game.”
Doom VFR Product Description
- Experience DOOM combat and its iconic weapons and demons from an entirely new perspective
- Physically interact with the DOOM universe as you seamlessly traverse across the UAC facility and Hell using tele-portation and jet-strafe movement
- Explore all-new UAC Martian research facility areas and discover the unique abilities of a cybernetic UAC security operative
- Set shortly after the demonic invasion on the UAC’s Martian research facility, you are the last known human survivor – until your death. Under a top-secret UAC operational contingency protocol, your consciousness is transferred to an artificial brain matrix. Your designated purpose: restore operational stability and use any means necessary to stop the on-slaught of demons.
Id Software CTO Robert Duffy says its “a DOOM game specifically for virtual reality [which] has provided an exciting opportunity to not only surround players with the world of DOOM like never before, but also let them experience and explore the UAC and Hell in new ways, playing as new characters with totally unique tools and abilities.”
The game is currently available for pre-order now through the PlayStation Store, Steam and Amazon. Published release dates appear to be placeholders, as Bethesda’s only mentioned a Q4 2017 launch window.
We’re currently reporting from E3 in Los Angeles, so check back for more news surrounding new VR games and experiences.