jason-rubinDespite what must be a hectic time for the Oculus crew with E3 about to hit the ‘go’ button on the show floor, they found time to release some news snippets via their blog.

Jason Rubin, Co-Founder of Naughty Dog, Joins Oculus

First up is yet another high profile hire for Oculus, Jason Rubin one of the founders of the enormously successful Naughty Dog development studios has joined the company as Worldwide Head of Studios. Naughty Dog are behind such huge franchises as Jak and Daxtor and the Uncharted series of games for Playstation platforms. As we’ve continually emphasised, Oculus are dead serious about content – they know that not only will good, compelling content sell the dream of VR and help adoption rates, but that once the hardware puzzles are ‘solved’, the revenue stream will be software. It’s another huge win for the company that has hit it’s stride since Facebook acquired them for $2bn back in March.

There have only been a handful of times in my life where I saw something that I knew would change everything. The awe-inspiring tech Oculus is building is a portal into an incredible world that my daughter will one day consider to be normal. The moment I put it on, I wanted to help define that future.

New Titles on Show at E3 Confirmed – Alien: Isolation is One of Them

And as it’s becoming very clear that Oculus VR’s focus at E3 is, quite logically, content – it’s fitting the remainder of the update is games, games, games. The confirmed list of titles ready to play on the Oculus VR booth at E3 this year are as follows:

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superhot-animSUPERHOT is a unique first-person shooter game where time moves only when you move, making each level a deadlypuzzle fueled by fluid time mechanics and relentless foes. It’s one of the most fun experiences we’ve seen on the Rift.

The project started out during last year’s 7 Day First Person Shooter game jam, where we decided to make something that really stood out in the genre – a title that felt satisfying, while not requiring superhuman reflexes. Something like a game of real-time chess, except that all the pawns are out there to murder you. – SUPERHOT Team

Lucky’s Tale:

luckystaleLucky’s Tale is a new made-for-VR adventure by the team atPlayful. Introduced in last week’s blog, Lucky’s Tale is a “delightful platforming adventure game” designed exclusively for the Rift that reimagines the genre from the ground up.  Lucky’s Tale is premiering for the first time here at E3 2014, so be sure to swing by the booth and check it out on the Rift!  

Alien: Isolation:

alien-isolationCreative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation™ is a new survival horror game set in the Alien™ universe. A terrifying experience, particularly in virtual reality, Isolation is all about survival.

In the E3 Rift demo, you’ll use every tool at your disposal to escape from a ruthless Alien in the wreckage of your spaceship. Underpowered and underprepared, you’ll scavenge resources and improvise solutions; not just to succeed, but to survive.

EVE Valkyrie:

eve valkyrie gameplay video fanfest 2014EVE: Valkyrie is the highly anticipated multiplayer, space-dogfighting shooter being developed by CCP and co-published by Oculus. Valkyrie, running on the Rift HD Prototype, was a contender for Game of Show at last year’s E3. It returns, but with an all new style, running on the graphical horsepower of Unreal Engine 4.  

We’ll bring you our thoughts on the new titles once our team of crack reported have had a chance to try them out on the show floor.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded RiftVR.com to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.