Top Virtual Reality Games We Are Expecting in 2021
The pandemic doesn’t appear to have dimmed the zeal of the indie and AAA VR studios. In 2021, we are also expecting a steady stream of new virtual reality games. Some of these were initially slated for 2020 and had been delayed but they are finally expected to come down the pipeline this year. Here is a look at some of the most anticipated VR games that we can look forward to this year.
The Climb 2
Release Date: Coming Soon
If you like climbing experiences, then you will certainly relish The Climb 2. The game takes you on an exploration of a city setting as well as exciting new maps with some really stunning views. In The Climb 2, you will ascend to great peaks, climb skyscrapers, navigate extensive caves and discover a few hidden shortcuts as you try to look for your path to the top. You can even compete with friends and make it to the top of the leaderboards in its asynchronous multiplayer modes. You will explore mountain environments and scale urban settings and get a feel and the adrenaline thrill of climbing without ropes while taking in the breathtaking vistas as you scale new heights.
Developer: Errol Bucy, Zach Tsiakalis-Brown
Release Date: Some time in 2021
This is a single-player virtual reality adventure that takes you on an exploration of the vast depths of a Quantum Reactor as you descend to complete the journey home.
Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife
Developer: Fast Travel Games
Platform: PSVR, SteamVR, Quest, Rift
Release Date: Early 2021
In Wraith, you will be using your supernatural powers to unravel the secrets inside the scary Barclay Mansion while also hiding from the sinister Spectres. This is a first-person virtual reality horror exploration game which happens in the World of Darkness universe.
Developer: IO Interactive
Release Date: January 20th, 2021
Hitman 3 casts you as the ruthless and professional Agent 47 taking some of the most important contracts in his career. By the time the dust settles, Agent 47 and his world are transformed beyond recognition.
Developer: Baobab Studios
Release Date: Coming Soon
Baba Yaga is Baobab Studios newest virtual reality experience. Viewers are cast as the main character in a completely reimagined fairy tale world. The choices of the viewers will determine how this story of fortitude, love and magic ends. It features the enigmatic witch Baba Yaga who oscillates between good and evil and deploys her powers to stop villagers’ settlements from encroaching onto her enchanted forest.
Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual!
Developer: Happy Giant
Platform: PC VR, Quest
Release Date: The first half of 2021
Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual! is the first original game from Freelance Police in more than a decade and the first virtual reality title from the pair. Many of the team members that worked on the original Sam & Max: Hit the Road by LucasArts in 1992 have also worked on the development of the virtual reality version. The VR action adventure title is set to arrive in the first half of 2021.
Lone Echo II
Developer: Ready at Dawn
Release Date: Initially slated for a 2020 release and now set to be released in 2021
Lone Echo II still features Jack and Liv and takes you back to the rings of Saturn. This is a highly anticipated sequel where you will be unravelling the mysteries of Lone Echo and travelling deeper and deeper into space, way beyond the boundaries of time itself.
Developer: IRIS VR
Release Date: Initially slated for a 2020 release and now set to be released in the first quarter of 2021
LOW-FI is a next-generation VR simulation where you will be patrolling the streets as well as the skies above the streets where you will be solving mysteries, fighting crime or depending on your choices, succumbing to corruption.
You as the player will be “low-fi” which is the name for someone unable to merge with the platform. In LOW-FI, you will be the sheriff of a retro-futuristic cyberpunk slum known as cityblock 303 whose only notable inhabitants are the other “low-fi” as well as the human intelligence and lower artificial life forms that live among the citizens after an AI singularity. LOW-FI is slated for release some time in 2021.
Sniper Elite VR
Developer: Rebellion, Just Add Water
Platform: Quest, SteamVR, Rift, PSVR
Release Date: Coming Soon
Sniper Elite VR is a dedicated VR stealth action experience that was made by Rebellion in partnership with Just Add Water. It is from the makers of the BAFTA-nominated Sniper Elite 4. In this experience, you will be fighting for the Italian Resistance in a dangerous and daring mission to clear the Nazi U-boat menace from World War 2 Sicily.
After The Fall
Developer: Vertigo Games
Platform: PSVR, SteamVR
Release Date: Initially slated for 2020 but now set to be released in early 2020
In After The Fall, you will be exploring the remains of a civilization set in an alternate 80s that has come to a halt. You will also be crafting various ranged and melee weapons and wielding devastating powers using real-life movements. You can go solo or link up with players from across the world as you battle against relentless hordes as well as colossal bosses in your bid to take back the city.
Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record
Developer: Wild Inc
Platform: PC VR, ‘Console VR’, ‘Standalone VR’
Release Date: Crowdfunding and release date has been delayed until 2021
This game was developed by the Tokyo-based studio Wildman. The game is set to be released on yet to be specified virtual reality platforms by March of 2021. According to Wildman, Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record is a “completely new work”. It is a first-person view game that has been optimized for virtual reality headsets.