The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles begins this week, but before the show officially opens several press conferences hosted by the major videogame publishers and manufacturers have to take place first. Electronic Arts (EA), Bethesda, Ubisoft and Microsoft have all had theirs and last up on June 13 is Sony Interactive Entertainment. Sony has revealed a whole host of exciting virtual reality (VR) titles that will be exclusive to PlayStation VR (PSVR), and one of the most exciting announcements was Batman: Arkham VR by developer Rocksteady Studios.
The videogame was announced with a teaser trailer which gave very little away but did feature a speech from villain The Joker in which there were lots of poignant and heavy handed references to illusions becoming the new reality and finding a mask that fits. Apparently when we do find one that fits we won’t ever have to take it off – an exciting but terrifying prospect for lovers of VR. There were also plenty of slow camera trails over Batman’s iconic costume which, though visually pleasing, did nothing to reveal how the game will actually look when it’s released with the PSVR at launch.
We do, however, have some details, however scant, on the videogame revealed in a press release. The title will immerse players in the Dark Knight universe, allowing them to experience Gotham City through the eyes of the hero, using his array of incredible gadgets to unravel a plot that threatens the lives of his allies. According to David Haddad, President of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, the videogame “will deliver a more immersive experience than anyone could have imagined only a few years ago.”
Sefton Hill, Game Director at Rocksteady Studios, said the studio “is always looking for new ways to further engross players into the worlds we create” and said that Batman: Arkham VR “is an example of how we’re taking advantage of the latest technology to do that.” Hill promises that the title will stay true to the character of Batman and will “allow players to fully immerse themselves in the role of the World’s Greatest Detective.”
Batman: Arkham VR will be one of several exciting titles released for PlayStation VR after it launches on October 13 2016. Also announced alongside Batman: Arkham VR were Capcom’s Resident Evil 7 the atmospheric and frightening trailer for which revealed it wouldn’t be released until January 2017; first person space shooter Far Point; Star Wars: Battlefront; and a Final Fantasy XV VR experience.
Keep reading VRFocus for more PlayStation VR news as it’s announced at this year’s E3 event.