It’s no secret that the PlayStation VR had a blinder in 2018 thanks to the likes of Wipeout Omega Collection, Moss, Firewall Zero Hour, Astro Bot Robot Rescue, Tetris Effect and Beat Saber. While many happy PSVR owners are still making their way through some of these hits, it’s exciting to look ahead at the next lineup of titles in 2019.
Below are the top five most anticipated PSVR releases slated for this year, and while there are no huge AAA franchises like Borderlands, Skyrim or Resident Evil on the horizon (that we know of), there appears to be a lot more diversity in the line-up this year.
Release: January 18 | Developer: Bandai Namco/Project Aces | Publisher: Bandai Namco | Genre: Flight Simulator
This one has been in the pipeline for a while, having been announced in 2015 with PSVR support remaining everyone’s radar ever since. Finally set to release on January 18th 2019, Ace Combat 7 is gearing up to bring its long-running arcade flight simulator to PSVR. The bad news is the VR portion of the game is limited to three missions with no multiplayer support. The good news is that the missions mode is actually pretty solid, getting you up close and personal in the cockpit as you eliminate enemy threats. Hopefully this is enough to keep PSVR players barrel-rolling and missile firing until they bring out some post-launch content.
Release: 2019 | Developer: SIE London | Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment | Genre: FPS
One of the titles on the list looking to appeal to AAA enthusiasts, Blood and Truth aims to capture the cinematic quality of Sony’s PS4 exclusives with action-packed set pieces, state-of-the-art production and an intense story. Developed as a follow-up to the popular London Heist demo packaged in with PlayStation VR Worlds, Blood and Truth instead offers a full-fledged game experience. The game uses a dual-wielding control scheme, where players hop from cover to cover as they crawl their way through firefights. Originally slated for last year, we haven’t heard much about the game which is a little concerning, but we remain optimistic at this point.
Release: 2019 | Developer: Clap Hanz | Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment | Genre: Golf
Sony is finally starting to get what kind of experiences its userbase wants to play in VR. Everybody’s Golf VR is a new entry in the popular golfing series and adds all the extra bells and whistles you’d expect from a VR version. There’s nothing more to say really other than the fact we are super keen to get our hands on those golf clubs.
Release: 2019 | Developer: Outerloop Games | Publisher: Outerloop Games | Action Adventure
This is one is my personal most anticipated game going into 2019. In Falcon Age, players assume the persona of Ara as you learn to craft, cook, set up camp and raise your personal falcon that perches itself on your arm. Players will be able to raise their falcon from the stages of infancy and use it to hunt, gather and fight enemies. The art style looks fantastic and it will no doubt appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in falconry. It’s hinted the game will have some Metroidvania elements allowing you to learn new abilities to help explore the world. There hasn’t been too much hubbub around the title, but I wouldn’t let Falcon Age fly under your radar (because falcons).
Release: 2019 | Developer: Squanch Games | Publisher: Squanch Games | Genre: Platformer
Continuing Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland’s foray into the VR space, Trover Saves the Universe is a timed exclusive for PS4/PSVR announced at E3 last year. The footage and trailer so far is as bizarre as you’d expect from Squanch Games, but what we can make out is that players assume the role of an ‘all seer’ who has visibility of each level. Trover himself is visible in third person and can be controlled using the DualShock 4. The game seems to take inspiration from 3D platformers, which just so happen to be my favourite genre on PSVR (thanks to Astro-Bot). The game seems to have a diverse cast of insane characters and imaginative environments carrying that Rick and Morty charm that millions of fans out there swoon over (as long as their IQ is high enough).
Well there you have it folks. Now is a great time to pick up a PSVR given its strong current library with a lot more to look forward to in the near future.