What to Expect at E3 2018: Oculus VR
With new hardware out the door, surely we can expect a grand showing from VR pioneer Oculus?
The Oculus Go is now available to the public as anew entry-level virtual reality (VR) device, and the original Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) is going from strength-to-strength. Having skipped out on CES and a rather muted appearance at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this year, Oculus VR must have a fully loaded deck to showcase at next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Los Angeles.
Or at least that’s the hope. Not a lot has been said in recent months by Oculus VR’s first-party publishing teams and aside from the missing-in-action Marvel Powers United VR, currently in ongoing developer at Sanzaru Games, the schedule of exclusive videogame releases is beginning to dry-up. So what will the biggest videogame show of the year bring to the table?
New VR Games
Pretty much a given at this point; Oculus VR will have something new to show. We don’t know what it is or which studio it’s being developed by, but given Oculus VR is confirmed to be exhibiting and that the company usually has a presence at the PC Gaming Show, taking place on 11th June 2018 this year, we can surely expect at least one new title to be revealed somewhere along the line.
Marvel Powers United VR
Arguably having now missed the parade of free publicity that was Avengers: Infinity War, when Marvel Powers United VR will eventually see the light of day remains a mystery. Some might suggest that it would now be best delayed until the holiday season at the end of the year to capitalise on the influx of new players that will undoubtedly come at that time, but adding that extra six months of development time will undoubtedly increase the cost of the videogame to a point where it my be hard to recoup the investment, especially when considering the cost of the license and the still limited VR audience.
Having worked with the likes of Insomniac Games, Ready at Dawn, 4A Games, Carbon Games, Twisted Pixel and the former Darksiders developers at Gunfire Games – amongst many others – things have been suspiciously quiet on the Oculus Studios front lately. Frontman Jason Rubin insists there’s plenty in the pipeline, so what better time to show it than at E3? Especially as we’re still yet to have any confirmation of a showcase event such as Oculus Connect this year.