PSVR was one of the industry's biggest success stories in 2017. With over two million PlayStation VR headsets sold and a slew of excellent titles released over the past year, the platform is shaping up to be the essential accompaniment to the PlayStation 4 experience. Even more excitingly, it's just got a spangly new price point to boot.

And with 2018 trucking along, things are only going to get better. Next year's software lineup already looks like it's going to really turn some heads and convince sceptics to book a ticket on the virtual reality train. These are the upcoming PSVR games you need to be keeping an eye on.

The Persistence

Publisher: Firesprite
Developer: Firesprite
Release Date: 27th July, 2018

A first-person rogue-lite set against a Dead Space-esque horror, The Persistence pegs you as the remaining crew members of a futuristic vessel gone awry. With each death a new cryogenically frozen survivor will be awakened, but have you got what it takes to survive?

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Project Aces
Release Date: 2018

Not fully playable with PlayStation VR, but boasting an additional campaign designed specifically for Sony’s headset, Bandai Namco’s melodramatic military franchise promises to be the perfect fit for virtual reality, with its high-stakes dogfights and over-the-top action. Do a barrel roll (without chundering)!

Blood & Truth

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: London Studio
Release Date: 2018

The London Heist was easily the best thing about launch title PlayStation VR Worlds, so we're incredibly excited to see it get a huge follow-up in the form of its very own game. This cockney-driven espionage looks to mix stealth, frantic gun battles, and a bucket full of attitude into a concoction that could be one of PSVR's greatest. It's Danny Dyer meets James Bond, and if that doesn't get you more excited than an EastEnders Christmas Special then we don't know what to tell you.

Downward Spiral: Horus Station

Publisher: 3rd Eye Studios
Developer: 3rd Eye Studios
Release Date: 2018

Set aboard a derelict space station, Downward Spiral: Horus Station attempts to tell its story through its environment rather than in the traditional sense. With no voiceovers or cinematics to speak of, you’ll explore the base using the momentum you create by pushing yourself off of various objects and propelling forward. This is shaping up to be quite the spectacle on PSVR.

Dreams

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Media Molecule
Release Date: 2018

Dreams won’t support PlayStation VR at launch, but Media Molecule’s already pledged to support Sony’s virtual reality headset with a post-release update. And what could possibly be more exciting than putting the power of the peripheral in the hands of fans? Titles like Tilt Brush have already proven the potential of VR painting, but Dreams promises to elevate all of those possibilities to a new level.

Golem

Publisher: Highwire Games
Developer: Highwire Games
Release Date: 2018

Not too much is really known about Golem, and yet it solidifies its place on this list thanks to its potential alone. You'll take control of giant stone creatures as you explore the world and do battle in huge sword fights, and with a team at Highwire Games comprised of former Bungie employees at the helm, you could say that this PSVR title is in safe and rocky hands.

Megalith

Publisher: Disruptive Games
Developer: Disruptive Games
Release Date: 2018

Megalith is a competitive multiplayer game that puts players in the shoes of a titan, huge beasts equipped with special powers that only have eyes for one thing: another titan. 2v2 online action is the name of the game as different titans offer up different abilities, a variety of attacking options, as well as full locomotion to give you the most amount of control.

Star Child

Publisher: Playful Corp
Developer: Playful Corp
Release Date: 2018

Star Child shakes things up a little on the VR front with a 2D perspective that tells the tale of Spectra, a traveller who becomes stranded on an alien planet. With teleportation abilities, it's your job to help her survive. It's nice to see virtual reality games begin to branch out from the first-person perspective, and with a beautiful art style to complement it, we're hoping that Star Child is one of 2018's best.

Torn

Publisher: Aspyr
Developer: Aspyr
Release Date: 2018

It feels like everything is inspired by Black Mirror nowadays, but Torn is shaping up to be the real deal. Set inside a mansion whose former physicist went missing 64 years ago, you’ll come across strange and bizarre machines that don’t have an obvious function. A mysterious object that allows you to manipulate gravity quickly finds its way into your hands, and from then on things are said to get even wilder. As a narrative experience, this is one we’re hotly anticipating.

Transference

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: SpectreVision
Release Date: 2018

When Frodo Baggins wants to make a PlayStation VR game, you give him all the money you have. Ubisoft answered that call, and while we're still not entirely sure what Transference actually is, we can glean a few things from pre-release material. The title looks to be tackling time travel, mental health, and the theory that what we're all experiencing isn't real. Sounds interesting, right?

Vacation Simulator

Publisher: Owlchemy Labs
Developer: Owlchemy Labs
Release Date: 2018

Everyone needs a holiday once in a while, and Vacation Simulator is here to satisfy our needs. Alongside the witty humour of Owlchemy Labs, you’ll be relaxing it up on the beach with a cool drink and a hot dog if the trailer is anything to go by. It’s time to take some time off.

Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner - Mars

Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
Release Date: 2018

Piloting a mech is always a ton of fun, and this remaster of the PS2 classic, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner – Mars, brings with it a fully playable VR mode that puts you in the seat of the cockpit with a first-person mode. We expect this change to vamp up the already chaotic action even further, and along with an enhanced resolution and texture work, it’s sure to look great too.


Updated: 29th March, 2018

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