35 VR Games We Can’t Wait To Play in 2016

by Will Mason • December 30th, 2015

As the three major headsets prepare for consumer release in 2016, the phrase ‘content is king’ is fresh in our minds. 2015 brought us a number of great demos and some fantastic Gear VR titles like DRIFTOrion TrailGunjack, and Smash Hit. However, as we head into the “Year of VR” the games and experiences are only going to be elevated with titles with long development cycles and big budgets enter into the fray.

The release of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR, will bring with them hundreds of new and exciting experiences, but there are a few that we are extra excited to play in the next year. Games that will take us on amazing journeys to space, into our dreams, fantasy lands, wild versions of the future, and much more. After this year, gaming will never be the same – and these 35 titles are going to help shape that future.

Without further adieu, these are the 35 games (that we know of) we are most excited to play in 2016, presented in alphabetical order:


505 Games & ThreeOneZero

AD1FT is a first-person astronaut survival experience coming to each of the major headsets in 2016. As the lone survivor of an accident at the space station you’re tasked with finding the cause of the accident, all the while battling time as your suit leaks oxygen out into the void.

Expected Release: Q1 2016

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR

Allison Road

Lilith Ltd.

A first person horror experience, Allison Road may be among the scariest titles on this list – and also among the prettiest. The developers have yet to completely confirm which platforms the game will support but according to the website the game will have “native VR support” though they have only tested it on the Oculus Rift DK2 (as far as has been confirmed). The title will be headed to the PlayStation 4, so it seems likely that it may support PSVR as well. In VR, there’s no playing the game with the lights on.

Expected Release: TBA 2016

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift (expected), PlayStation VR (rumored)

The Assembly


The Assembly is an adventure game set in a secret science lab where all sorts of morally questionable work is being done by scientists looking to make “progress for the sake of progress.” The game puts you in the shoes of two different characters, a lead female character by the name of Madaline who is being brought into the mysterious facility against her will, and a scientist named Cal who is already working at the facility but “is not quite comfortable with what is happening.” Designed by nDreams for VR “from day one” we walked away from our first play test at E3 impressed and eager for more.

Expected Release: TBA 2016

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR

Arizona Sunshine

Vertigo Games & Jaywalkers Interactive

Arizona Sunshine is a room-scale zombie survival shooter coming to the HTC Vive next year. In the game you are tasked with one simple thing – survive. The game was developed with one simple goal in mind: “to make you feel like a badass.” And based on our first impressions, it seems like it is doing that quite nicely.

Expected Release: April, 2016

Supported Headsets: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift (Touch support confrimed)

Bebylon Battle Royale

Kite & Lightning 


“Imagine battle mode of Mario Kart, except instead of Mario it’s babies duking it out in a Mad Max style arena,” the game’s developer told me in an interview earlier this yearBebylon Battle Royale is the first game coming from Kite & Lightning, a decorated VR studio, and it is far from what anyone expected. Relying heavily on the comedy, we fully expect to be offended by this title in the best possibly ways.

Expected Release: “May or June” of 2016 (Read: Likely E3)

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR

The Climb


No, this is not a gamified version of the popular Miley Cyrus songThe Climb takes you on a journey to the coastal mountains of South Asia for a climbing excursion unlike any other. We recently went hands-on with it and walked away really impressed by the stunning visuals provided by CryEngine. The gameplay may be somewhat limited, but this is going to be a fun one – especially with Oculus Touch.

Expected Release: Q1 2016

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift Exclusive (Oculus Touch support confirmed)


Media Molecule

Dreams blurs the line between experience and game. In it you have the ability to create – well, just about anything you can Dream up. With stunning visuals and social experience sharing, Dreams may be a title that is remembered long after its release. Right now, VR support has only been hinted at (and ‘confirmed’ by one of the developers) but the company has yet to officially announce it. That said it seems like an obvious candidate for VR.

Expected Release: TBA 2016

Supported Headsets: PlayStation VR (all but officially confirmed)

The Earthlight Project

Opaque Media Group

Created in collaboration with actual astronauts, The Earthlight Project allows players to experience the “journey of becoming an astronaut as well as the wonders and perils of space exploration.”

Expected Release: TBA 2016

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift (Touch support confirmed), HTC Vive, PlayStation VR

Edge of Nowhere


What happens when you combine an arctic exhibition gone awry with a creepy Chtulu-like monster? We aren’t sure yet but we are eager to find out! A third person adventure game with a mysterious story, it remains to be seen just how much this title takes advantage of the unique properties of VR, but Insomniac has a fantastic history of making great games.

Expected Release: Q1 2016

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift Exclusive

EVE: Valkyrie

CCP Games

Up to this point, EVE: Valkyrie is the most complete game we have tried in VR. A multiplayer space dogfighter with a layered and complex classes, it is surely going to be one of the most iconic early VR titles – especially because it will come exclusively bundled with every Oculus Rift pre-order.

Read More: Hands On With EVE: Valkyrie, Virtual Reality’s First True AAA Title

Expected Release: Q1 2016

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift (Pre-Order Bundle Exclusive), PlayStation VR

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