With Sony getting serious about VR as they approach the launch of their Morpheus headset next year, the company says they’re showing nearly 20 Morpheus games at E3 2015 in LA, here is a look at the ones we were able to track down so far.
Godling from Solfar Studios is a first-person game where you take the form of a toddler-god with awe-inspiring powers that let you to grow and improve the world. Watch out though, because with great power comes great responsibility, and your powers could create problems of their own.
Rigs from Guerrilla Games Cambridge seems to be an attempt by Sony to jump into the world of VR E-sports, showing some mech shooter action replete with live commentary as a backdrop to what is obviously competitive gameplay. Rigs appears to be a Morpheus-exclusive title, pitting teams of four against one another in speedy combat mechs.
Rebellion is rebooting the Atari classic arcade game Battlezone (1980) in their eponymous title, which promises to “capture the same revolutionary thrill of the original Battlezone for a whole new generation of gamers.” Rebellion acquired the IP in 2013 when Atari sold it off, among many others, at an auction. Rebellion also holds the Moonbase Commander franchise IP.
Headmaster, an exclusive title for Morpheus from Frame Interactive, is a game where you head a variety of bouncing, exploding, and high-flying footballs. But because you’re a poor performer (naturally), your club has relegated you to “The Football Improvement Center.” Headmaster looks challenging as it is whimsical, because hey—what other game lets you blow up stuff on a football pitch?
Wayward Sky from Uber Entertainment is a third-person single player puzzle adventure game. As Bess, a pilot flying with her father, you find a mysterious castle fortress in the sky. Your father is kidnapped and it’s your job to scour the ship to find your kidnapped father. Wayward Sky has also appeared on Samsung’s Gear VR mobile headset.
World War Toons
From Reload Studios, World War Toons is a cartoony multiplayer FPS and tank combat game that boasts a number of classes to choose from. An early version was shown previously at the VRLA spring Expo in March, and according to Reload, the game will be “developed for major VR headsets and traditional non-VR platforms.”
Eve Valkyrie comes to us from CCP Games, makers of Eve Online and the company’s free-to-play FPS Dust 541. We had a chance to play the multiplayer dogfighting shooter back at Eve Fanfest 2015, and we’ll be eager to see how the Morpheus version stacks up to the Oculus Crescent Bay version. Make note that the video above is not of Morpheus specific gameplay, but only a general pre-Alpha version they showed both at Fanfest and E3.
Coming out of Sony’s London Studio, The Deep is an underwater adventure that has you up close and personal with some very friendly sharks that want to just play with your dismembered body. Debuting with Sony Morpheus’ initial reveal back during GDC 2014, the game has been evolving with the headset, seemingly been elevated out of technical demo status into something more expansive.
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