First Oculus Gaming Showcase features several new VR game announcements and updates

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April 22, 2020 – Yesterday, Oculus held its first ever Oculus Gaming Showcase, which included a lineup of some of the best VR games to come in 2021 on the Oculus platform. The Showcase featured brand-new trailers, information on upcoming titles, and a look at updates coming to community-favorite games and IPs. 

Pistol Whip: Smoke & Thunder and The Concierge
The Smoke & Thunder update will involve a new five-scene, narrative-driven, action-packed campaign for Pistol Whip. The update will also release alongside The Concierge, which will unlock weapon customization and modifications for Pistol Whip players. These features will arrive this summer.

Warhammer 40,000: Battle Sister
Following up on last month’s “Last Bastion” update, which brought horde mode to Warhammer 40,000: Battle Sister, studio Pixel Toys made a few more updates that will allow users to team up with a friend to play “Last Bastion” on two new maps. Battle Sister is coming soon to the Rift platform.

Lone Echo II
The sequel to Lone Echo, Lone Echo II will launch this summer and will be available on the Oculus Rift platform or to users playing on the Quest with Oculus Link or Air Link.

Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 is coming to VR later this year, exclusively for the Quest 2. Oculus shared some new footage and additional details about the game. Namely: the game will be played from a first-person perspective; weapons and items have been re-engineered as physical objects that users can pick up and interact with; updated menu and weapon switching system for VR. Core elements from the original Resident Evil 4 game are being used, but Armature, the studio developing the title, has apparently remastered and increased resolution for the game. 

Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy’s Edge Part II
ILMxLAB is working on the next installment of Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge, which expands the core adventure and will feature two more tales for fans to enjoy. The game is expected to launch later this year.

Star Wars Pinball VR
The game launches April 29th on the Quest platform, PSVR, and SteamVR. Oculus also shared some behind-the-scenes footage on the game in its showcase.

I Expect You To Die 2
Sequel to the popular I Expect You To Die spy-themed VR puzzler, I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy and the Liar takes players on new missions. The game is coming to the Quest and Rift platforms later this year.

Carve Snowboarding
Giles Goddard, creator of the much-loved Nintendo 64 game 1080° Snowboarding, is working with Chuhai Labs to bring users a modern take on the N64 classic. More details on the game will be available in the coming months, according to Oculus.

After The Fall
From developer Vertigo Games (creators of Arizona Sunshine), After The Fall is a four-player co-op first person shooter (FPS). The title is coming to both Quest and the Rift Platform this summer.

Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife
This horror and exploration game from Fast Travel Games launches today on the Quest and Rift Platforms.

The Climb 2 update
The Climb 2 is a free solo VR climbing game. Today a new Freestyle Expansion Pack launches, and it’s free. The expansion pack will be released in two parts with 12 levels in total. Today’s update will introduce six new levels to challenge players in both “casual” and “professional” modes. The game is also introducing rhythm-based climbing where players will see disappearing grips along a route, requiring them to learn the grip patterns to the beat of a background track to progress through. Think Beat Saber… but for rock climbing. 

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners update
Skydance Interactive’s hit action-horror experience, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners has a new ‘Aftershocks’ update announced. Again, it’s free, and is available on May 20. 

Full breakdowns of the titles featured in yesterday’s Oculus Gaming Showcase can be found on the Oculus Blog.

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