This year at Gamescom, Europe’s largest games festival, VRFocus saw a host of brand-new augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) releases. For the first time ever, the event featured a tie-in event known as the VR Games Showcase. Out of the games announced over the course of the 20th – 24th August 2019, here are some highlights.
In The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets, join your grandfather to immerse yourself in childhood fantasy miniature worlds filled with treasure and puzzles. Developed and published by Apex Construct studio Fast Travel Games, Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets will be available on Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift & Windows Mixed Reality headsets later this year.
Acron: Attack of the Squirrels is a multi-player, cross-platform adventure where Trees and Squirrels battle for ownership of the precious Golden Acorns. While VR players take on the role of a protective tree, friends on iOS & Android set their sites to take on the trees as a crafty Squirrel. Acron: Attack of the Squirrels will catapult itself onto Oculus Quest, HTC Vive & Oculus Rift headsets on the 29th August.
Down the Rabbit Hole is being developed for PlayStation VR, HTC Vive & Oculus Quest headsets. An unnamed girl has found herself in the world of Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy novel, Alice in Wonderland. The player’s decisions determine her fate in this mysterious world. The second VR title from Cortopia Studios after their top-selling VR game, Wands for multiple headsets including Oculus Go, Down the Rabbit Hole currently has a target release date of December 2019.
Coming soon to VR arcades, Corsair’s Curse, is a location-based title is being brought to you by Innerspace VR in partnership with Vertigo Games. A spiritual successor to Vertigo Games’ A Fisherman’s Tale, 2-4 players find themselves with complete freedom on board an ancient galleon where you must solve puzzles, find treasure and ultimately escape. In various locations, the game will feature additional 4D weather and vibration effects.
New from Pixel Reef comes Paper Beast. You become immersed in the world filled with paper wildlife in this open-world, free-roaming adventure where your behaviour influences the mysterious paper inhabitants. Pixel Reef describes this world as being filled with “decades of lost code” and “a complete ecosystem, born from the hidden confines of big data.” With no text or dialogue, you must find your own way across this vast world in this PlayStation VR exclusive release, coming later in 2019.
Relive the event with video summaries of each day available on VRFocus’ Facebook pages as well as individual reviews of each videogame available upon release available here on the site, and check out our weekly upcoming releases video on our YouTube channel.