What to Expect from VR at E3 2018

If you didn’t know it already, E3 is the biggest date in the video game industry calendar and it’s now just a few weeks away...  Will we be there? Yes we will! Behind some secret closed-off doors,we'll be showing off all the exciting projects we’ve been working on (which we’ll announce these soon enough). But away from nDreams, what is our team most looking forward to seeing at the event?  We’ve cornered some of them in the office and asked them what exciting VR news they hope to hear from the world’s largest games show. In short: It’s all going to be about new tech and amazing, interactive VR content!

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“I'm most excited about the VR games that I don't know anything about yet. Sony's press conference will likely announce multiple new titles and I can't wait to see what they have in development for PlayStation VR. I'm also looking forward to seeing how many of the big publishers announce original titles (I'm looking at you Ubisoft!), VR modes in major games or VR versions of classics like Bethesda did with huge success last year. The VR 'hype' is well and truly behind us, and now we should see some truly great games appear as studios really get to grips with VR design and the headset install base continues to double each year.”

Patrick O’Luanaigh, Founder & CEO, @patrickol


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“VR at E3 will be about the growth in interaction, embodiment and storytelling, with so many talented teams pushing the boundaries. The strides being made in console and PC VR from untethered, frictionless headsets to the continuing growth in the home user install base will result in longer experiences with even more interactivity, immersion and innovation. Then there's the explosion of VR Arcades and the location-based experiences that are coming through which will be unavoidable. I haven't even touched on social VR, future technologies such as higher screen resolutions, gaze tracking & foveated rendering... I can't wait!

Steve Tagger, Business Development Director, @itstagger

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“I’m looking forward to seeing more exciting VR content at this year’s show. Ready at Dawn’s Echo Combat and Sony London’s Blood and Truth stand out, but any unannounced first party Oculus and PlayStation VR games will be exciting to check out.  In particular, I’m hoping for some titles in underrepresented genres, like strategy and roleplaying, or games with complex, tactile interactions and physics, especially in a non-cartoon setting.  Fingers crossed we’ll see some more from Valve at the show too – either their yet to be revealed games or their new ‘knuckle’ controllers.”

Grant Bolton, Technical Director

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“I’d love for Xbox to make an announcement in the VR or MR arena.  Microsoft are already supporting this with the Mixed Reality headsets on Windows so it’ll be interesting to see if anything is rolled out on the Xbox One X.  Perhaps a price drop for any of the headsets could happen too – which would certainly help see the continued growth of the VR audience.  However, for me, content though is likely to be king and I’m looking forward to seeing the reception of Ace Combat, The Defector, Media Molecule’s Dreams and, hopefully, a few unexepected announcements along the way!”

Steve Watt, Creative Director

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“First parties will continue to set the standard for VR Blockbuster titles. With Firewall, Blood & Truth, Echo Combat and hopefully a couple of other great exclusives to be shown, they will follow 2017’s 2017’s brilliant salvo of Resident Evil 7, Doom & Skyrim which gave VR it’s first big push towards unleashing its true AAA potential.  Outside of VR, I hope to see Capcom reveal the highly anticipated (and personal fave) Resident Evil 2 Remake, ‘It’s up to us to take out Umbrella!’  You never know though, given Resi 7 featured VR, we may get a 2nd dose of the VR love here too!”

Jamie Whitworth, Game Director

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“It’s all about the games for me. Firewall and Blood & Truth are already looking brilliant and I’m hoping to get my hands-on (and head-in) those games. I fully expect PlayStation and Oculus will announce a few surprises too. And what are Valve up to? There’s a lot of rumours out there, let’s hope some of them come true. Portal in VR? Yes please. Half Li… ok, I’ll stop now.”

David Corless, VP of Publishing


Are you a company looking to create incredible VR content? Come and say hello and experience our latest content at E3. Get in touch via enquiries@ndreams.com

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