Best upcoming VR games of 2018

Best upcoming VR games of 2018

2017 was a great year for VR games, but which should we be looking forward to? Here, we showcase some of the best VR games coming out in 2018 and beyond.


The Oculus RiftHTC Vive and PlayStation VR are all now readily available to buy in the UK, which begs the question – which games should we be looking forward to this year? 2017 offered a number of new VR games, from the highly anticipated Fallout 4 VR to the surprise launch of L.A Noire – The VR Case Files.

But what have we got to look forward to in the near future? Here, we showcase some of the best VR games coming out in 2018 and beyond. Looking forward to a game that isn’t featured below? Let us know in the comments!

Oh, and if you’re new to the world of virtual reality, take a look at our complete guide to VR.


The Inpatient

Release date: 23 January 2018

Platform(s): PlayStation VR

Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games announced its second Until Dawn VR spin-off during Sony’s E3 2017 showcase, but it’s far from the on-rails shooter experience of Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. The upcoming game is a prequel of Until Dawn set 60 years before the events of the main game, and is entitled The Inpatient.

Based on the trailer showcased at E3 2017, it looks as if The Inpatient will be a narrative-driven adventure game like Until Dawn that takes place in the extremely creepy Blackwood Sanatorium – and as we know from the likes of Outlast and Silent Hill, nothing good ever happens in an asylum.

Brass Tactics

Release date: 28 February 2018
Platform(s): Oculus Rift

On the market for a virtual RTS game? Then look no further than Brass Tactics, offering a table-based real-time strategy game on a clockwork battlefield that looks like it came straight from the Game of Thrones title sequence. Place your units on the board and see them come to life for player-based RTS combat. If you’re into RTS games then Brass Tactics should be one to watch, as it provided one of the most enjoyable RTS experiences we’ve had so far.

Bravo Team VR

Release date: 7 March 2018
Platform(s): PlayStation VR

Bravo Team VR is a cover-based FPS (first-person shooter) developed by Supermassive Games exclusively for PlayStation VR. The game is set in a modern day (fictional) European city and it’s up to you and a team mate to fight your way through waves of mercenaries, navigate the winding streets and survive chaotic firefights.

You can go it alone or team up with a friend via PSN and unlike other games where audio cues are provided to make sure you stay on track, Bravo Team relies purely on communicationbetween the two players to keep on top of the approaching enemies. It’s down to the player to call out targets, provide cover fire when moving from cover and decide where to go next.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, the game offers support for PlayStation VR’s Aim controller, adding an extra level of realism to the game. The trailer looks impressive, and we can’t wait for it to be released (whenever that is!).


Release date: June 2018
Platform(s): HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR

Transference is a brand-new psychological thriller game developed by Spectrevision, a company owned by actor Elijah Wood who – funnily enough – features heavily in the game trailer showcased during Ubisoft’s media showcase at E3 2017. It’s not exclusive to VR as it’ll also be available for PS4 and Xbox One and PC, but VR looks to be the best way to experience it.

Details about actual gameplay are light on the ground, but it’s described as half film, half game and is set in a world where human memories can be recorded and digitally recreated. Players are tasked with navigating the “maze-like puzzle of an impossible home” learning more about a rather troubled man and his family.

It’s a different take to VR, and one that we welcome.

Beat Saber

Release date: Early 2018
Platform(s): Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

Beat Saber is an upcoming rhythm game for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive from the developers of the hugely popular Chameleon Run for iOS and Android. Like in other VR-based rhythm games, the aim in Beat Saber is to hit incoming targets in time with the beat.

The difference? For one, you dual wield lightsaber-looking swords that make you feel even more epic than you normally would. Secondly, it’s much more challenging than a standard rhythm game as not only do you have to hit incoming targets in time with the beat, but hit specific targets in specific directions depending on the colour of your saber.

It makes the game much more challenging, but also much more enjoyable once you do get the hang of it and you’re hitting the top multipliers.

While it’s in early stages of development, the developer has revealed to Tech Advisor that it is working with a musician who has worked on the Star Wars soundtrack, so it should be very impressive once it launches (whenever that is!).

Walking Dead VR

Release date: 2018
Platform(s): TBC

While there isn’t much to go on at this stage, Skybound Entertainment and Skydance Interactive have confirmed that a Walking Dead VR game is in the works. According to a press release, the two companies have partnered to work on “a number of virtual reality video games based on the expansive world of The Walking Dead universe”.

A “number of virtual reality video games”? It seems that the companies are looking to produce a series of Walking Dead VR games through which gamers will be able to experience and interact with characters and the post-apocalyptic world from the hugely popular TV show.

Lila’s Tale

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): Gear VR

Lila’s Tale is an upcoming side-scroller for Gear VR where gamers control the character simply by glancing. That’s right: wherever you look, Lila will go (if nothing is blocking her, that is!) and like with other puzzle-based side-scrollers, that won’t always be possible.

It’s the art direction that helps make this game stick out from the rest – it’s gorgeous, utilising a watercolour-based art style and featuring levels designed exclusively for VR, there are some cool perspective tricks too.

For more information, take a look at the Lila’s Tale reveal trailer.


Release date: TBC
Platform(s): Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

While Toran is technically only a demo at the moment, the developers have big plans – and we’re very excited. Toran is a Sci-fi VR puzzle adventure game in development by Really Interactive where players travel to different worlds using mysterious technology.

The gameplay is extremely enjoyable, especially for Sci-fi fans: you grab and enlarge mysterious orbs so they surround you, and you then must figure out how to reflect the beam of light from one end to the other using mirrors and other holographic objects.

Completing four of these puzzles activates an ancient platform that teleports you to another location. The locations are absolutely stunning, some of the most visually impressive we’ve seen so far, and the animations aren’t too far behind either.

The developers are still planning on where to take the demo from here but if the final product is anything like the demo we played, it’ll be one to look out for.

You can take a look at the Toran trailer here.

Star Child VR

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): PlayStation VR

Star Child is the latest VR title from the creators of Oculus Rift’s Lucky’s Tale, Playful. However, those looking forward to another cutesy platformer should carry on reading, because Star Child VR is completely different to the developer’s first title.

Star Child is set on an alien world filled with what appear to be futuristic space ships and weird-looking creatures. You land on the planet and explore the man-made interior which appears to be full of vibrant (and sometimes even glowing) creatures that react to your presence, be it by running away or coming closer to you.

The end of the trailer showcased during Sony’s E3 2017 presentation shows the character being lifted into the air by a giant robot after being protected from a mutant monster, with the mysterious premise making us only more curious about what the game is about.

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