The Persistence

The PersistenceThe Persistence
Publisher: Firesprite / Developer: Firesprite
Release Date: 24th Jul 2018 (USA) / 24th Jul 2018 (UK/EU)

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?

Star Child

Star ChildStar Child
Publisher: Playful Entertainment Inc. / Developer: Game Trust
Release Date: TBA

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.

Tetris Effect

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Publisher: Enhance Games / Developer: Enhance Games
Release Date: 2018 (USA) / 2018 (UK/EU)

The butt of a joke or two when announced prior to Sony’s E3 2018 press conference, but already the recipient of a Game Critics award, Tetris Effect is almost certain to be a slam-dunk. Rez Infinite is already one of the best PlayStation VR experiences money can buy, and the prospect of Tetsuya Mizuguchi fusing that experience with the most popular puzzler of all time is a tantalising one to say the least.

Torn

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Publisher: Aspyr Media / Developer: Aspyr Media
Release Date: Q2 2018 (USA) / Q2 2018 (UK/EU)

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

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Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Release Date: Q4 2018 (USA) / Q4 2018 (UK/EU)

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?