The Big List: 50 VR Games We Can’t Wait To Play In 2017

by Charles Singletary • January 2nd, 2017

Last year, we rounded off a list of 35 VR games we couldn’t have to play in 2016. We’ve had some great times playing great games, and last week we picked the best of the bunch with our 2016 Game of the Year Awards. But VR has only grown in 2016 and so it’s only fair that our 2017 list grows too.

So without further ado we present the 50 VR games we can’t wait to play in 2017. Looking at the list it’s going to be quite a year, and who knows what else is being prepped for reveal?

Ace Combat 7
Project Aces & Bandai Namco Entertainment

With intense cockpit action, the Ace Combat series makes perfect sense for VR. Fortunately, the series’ first game since 2014 will be supporting PlayStation VR on PlayStation 4. Expect exhilarating dog fights, but hopefully no blackouts.

Supported Headsets: PlayStation VR

Allison Road
Far From Home

Allison Road is a horror game many hope will match the super-spooky P.T. in terms of scares, especially considering the game is planning to support VR. The project had a rough 2016 after being outright cancelled at one point, but it looks back on track now and we’re eager to see what’s become of it.

Supported headsets: TBA

The American Dream
Samurai Punk

In retro 1950s everything you could ever need can be acquired with the help of a couple guns. The American Dream’s sarcastic humor looks to thrive during the game’s trip to the 1950 World Fair where you use guns for every day tasks such as eating and driving.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, HTC Vive

Ark Park
Snail Games

The open world action-adventure game ARK: Survival Evolved is expanding its prehistoric world by allowing players to get an up-close look at the many different habitats the dinosaurs may have called home. You’ll be riding dinosaurs, crafting tools, and completing puzzles as you attempt to collect Gene Cubes for over 100 species. Let’s just hope ARK Park doesn’t suffer the same fate as another popular prehistoric playground.

Supported Headsets: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR

Arktika.1
4A Games

Metro developer 4A Games makes its VR debut with this Oculus Studios shooter that doesn’t look a whole lot different from its last post-apocalyptic shooter. That’s not a bad thing: our hands-on with the game at Oculus Connect 3 proved hugely promising.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift

Blunt Force
G2A

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This shooter is set shortly before and during WW2 with a different style of gameplay for both. The former is an exploration experience while the later is your expected intense shooter with manual reloading and fixed teleportation spots.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift

Budget Cuts
Neat Corporation

Budget Cuts is a room-scale stealth game that has a teleporting mechanic where you can preview the area before making your move. As a trainee, you move around to take out your robot assailants as quickly as possible and the title encourages speed runs.

Supported Headsets: HTC Vive

Dreams
Media Molecule

Media Molecule’s strange new creation game skipped a 2016 release, but we’re still intrigued. This could be PS VR’s Tilt Brush/Medium, only going even deeper and allowing you to create full games with its tool set. It’s ambitious to say the least.

Supported Headsets: PlayStation VR

Fallout 4
Bethesda Softworks

One of E3’s biggest surprises on the VR front, Bethesda is trying to fit all of its popular 2015 RPG into the HTC Vive with position-tracked controls. History tells us that porting existing games to VR doesn’t wield great results all of the time, but we’re holding out hope that the team puts the time and effort in to make it shine.

Supported Headsets: HTC Vive

Farpoint
Impluse Gear

Big names came to PS VR at E3 this year, but this new IP from a new studio using a new peripheral proved the most promising. Farpoint gives you a gun-shaped controller to blast away bug-like aliens on a strange new planet. Sign us up.

Supported Headsets: PlayStation VR

Front Defense
Fantahorn

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Front Defense was revealed in Asia earlier this year. At the time we didn’t know it was really the first Vive Studios game. It’s a World War 2-themed first-person shooter in which you defend a street from invading Nazi forces. It lets you fire a bazooka, which automatically makes it a land mark game.

Supported headsets: HTC Vive

 

The Gallery Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone
Cloudhead Games

The Gallery’s first episode left us with our jaws dropped, and Cloudhead Games has just started teasing the next entry. We can’t wait to dive further into this mysterious world and explore the fantastical side in its second episode.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

Giant Cop – Justice Above All
Other Ocean Interactive

Giant Cop has one of the most unique elevator pitches yet seen for VR; patrol your beat as an enormous police officer. Pick up criminals and toss them in jail, or simply toy with your tiny world to your heart’s desire. This is one of the most promising games on the horizon.

Supported headsets: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

Golem
Highwire Games

We haven’t seen much of Highwire Games’ Golem in 2016, but the very fact that former Halo developers are working on it still gives us hope for a great game. Take control of giant stone Golems and use your PS Move controller to take on enemies.

Supported headsets: PlayStation VR

Gran Turismo Sport
Polyphony Digital

Gran Turismo is one of the longest running racing simulations in the world, competing mainly with Forza in the console arena. GT Sport is supposed to mark the beginning of a new era for the racer and they’ll be including a special VR Tour Mode in the experience.

Supported Headsets: PlayStation VR

Into The Black
NFTS Games

Students of the UK’s National Film And Television School are banding together to make this gorgeous new adventure that’s set to carry a strong environmental message. Help guide the unusual pairing of a fox and a bear through the disastrous fires in Yellowstone National Park in 1988 in this promising adventure game.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift

John Wick: The Impossible Task
Starbreeze Studios

Keanu Reeves endured months of training to translate one of the most badass characters onto screen as John Wick and now we’ll be able to become the infamous hitman as he ascends through the different levels of the Continental Hotel that serves as an assassin hub of sorts.

Supported Headsets: HTC Vive

Korix
StellarVR

After your home is destroyed, play the role of a commander as he fights for his race’s survival and takes the fight to the enemy. Manage your resources, build your defenses, and strategically attack the opponents in this retro styled VR RTS.

Supported Headsets: PlayStation VR

Lone Echo
Ready At Dawn

Ready At Dawn is known for making visually astounding games, and it certainly isn’t disappointing with its VR debut, made under the Oculus Studios banner. This is a fascinating Touch title with its own ideas about VR locomotion and both single and multiplayer modes.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift

Megaton Rainfall
Pentadimensional Games

Becoming a superhero in VR could be a potentially nauseating experience, but Pentadimensional Games is giving it a shot all the same with Megaton Rainfall. This unique game has you flying around procedurally generated planets to stop an alien invasion, protecting mankind at all costs.

Supported Headsets: PlayStation VR

Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul
VRWERX

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The Paranormal Activity series may have ended its long run in cinemas, but it’s far from over. If anything, The Lost Soul could be the scariest entry in the franchise yet, making full use of VR to make you feel like you’re really in the horror. Doesn’t that sound lovely?

Supported Headsets: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR

Polybius
Llamasoft

Gaming veterans will know Polybius as a fabled arcade cabinet that was said to have disappeared from arcades due to health issues. Industry legend Jeff Minter, though, claims he’s played it, and will be making his own take on it for PlayStation VR. It looks trippy to say the least.

Supported Headsets: PlayStation VR

Private Eye
Slacker Games

Private Eye is another game that’s been a long time coming and, based on its most recent teaser trailer, has been radically transformed with the advent of motion controllers. It’s New York noir setting and thoughtful story in which you piece together an accident which left you wheelchair-bound are what keeps us interested.

Supported Headsets: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR

Project Cars 2
Slightly Mad Studios

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The first Project Cars is one of the deepest racing simulations available today and stands as one of the best experiences to be had in VR to date. PC2 is looking to take the white-knuckle sim across even more racing disciplines including Touge and Rallycross with one of the largest track rosters ever.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, HTC Vive

Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin
Double Fine

People have long called for the return of the Psychonauts franchise, and Double Fine is bringing it back in the best way possible: with VR. Take control of Raz once more in this mission that will have you really using the supernatural powers you dreamed of using in the first game. A full sequel is also in development.

Supported Headsets: PlayStation VR

Resident Evil 7
Capcom

The Resident Evil franchise has changed up their formula in a big way every few main entry. This seventh one is delivering a more intimate fright-fest from the first-person perspective. Resident Evil is one of the most notable series getting a full-fledged VR release (not just a themed experience) and will potentially set the bar for other major developers.

Supported Headsets: PlayStation VR

Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality
Owlchemy Labs

Job Simulator is one of the craziest, most hilarious games in VR, and Rick and Morty is one of the craziest, most hilarious shows on TV, so it only makes sense the two would mash up for one of the most anticipated VR experiences of 2017. Fans of both will definitely want to keep an eye on this one.

Supported headsets: HTC Vive

Robo Recall
Epic Games

Epic Games has a gift for all Oculus Touch owners next year, moprhing its impressive Bullet Train demo into a bigger, much funnier game in which you battle malfunctioning robots with guns and, sometimes, their own legs. It looks like a great time.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift

Rock Band VR
Harmonix

Harmonix’s Rock Band franchise returns once more, this time with an idea that just makes too much sense to pass up on: playing live in VR. Stick a Touch controller on your plastic guitar and you’ll really be in the experience.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift

Stifled
Gattai Games

Survival horror is already no stranger to VR headsets, but Stifled sets itself apart by having the user make real world noises to light up the darkened path in front of them. It’s unlike anything else in the genre and we’re rooting for it to make an excellent game.

Supported headsets: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR

Skyworld
Vertigo Games

Now that Arizona Sunshine is out, we’re hoping to see this intriguing turn-based strategy from Vertigo Games next. Set in a beautiful toybox world you can walk over a fantastical map with room-scale support, ordering troops to do combat and even taming dragons.

Supported Headsets: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift

Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Redstorm Entertainment

Although it was suddenly delayed shortly before release, we still have Star Trek: Bridge Crew to look forward to in 2017. Team up with friends online and fulfill your dreams as you help pilot a U.S.S. starship across missions that will have you beaming up and firing torpedoes.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR

Statik
Tarsier Studios

Tarsier Studios looked at the way you hold a DualShock 4 in VR and came up with an innovative new puzzle game that we’re really excited to take a look at next year. You’re trapped in a lab with strange experiments taking place, and you’ll solve increasingly trying puzzles in order to escape.

Supported Headsets: PlayStation VR

Starblood Arena
Whitemoon Dreams and Sony San Diego

Six Degree of Freedom (6DOF) shooters are seeing something of a resurgence with the arrival of VR headsets, and Starblood Arena is the latest to join the fray. This cartoonish shooter promises multiplayer thrills with lively characters and two to four player co-op to boot.

Supported Headsets: PlayStation VR

SYREN
Hammerhead Games

SYREN‘s brand of underwater scares come with a loving helping of cheesy B-movie horror too. Set in a deep sea lab, you fight off horrific mechanical syrens that have overrun the facility, looking for a means of escape. It’s the first in a series of themed stories from the developer.

Supported Headsets: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR

Tekken 7
Bandai Namco

Tekken is a long running franchise where a colorful and diverse collection of fighters engage in the Iron Fist Tournament. This 7th entry will serve as the conclusion of the series’ story arc involving the Mishima clan and will feature a VR mode where you can appreciate the eclectic roster of characters.

Supported Headsets: PlayStation VR

Unearthing Mars
Winking Entertainment

The Red Planet is no stranger to VR headsets, but Unearthing Mars promises an epic story of alien invasion and survival. We’ve only seen a glimpse of this strange new sci-fi adventure, but its enough to have us hoping that it ends up being one of PS VR’s better action games.

Supported Headsets: PlayStation VR

Untitled Valve Content
Valve

Image credit to Damien Labonte

Image credit to Damien Labonte

Valve has so stubbornly not made a full game in so long now that it seems almost too good to be true that it might be working on something for VR. That’s what the SteamVR creator teased at its Dev Days event this year, though, and just the thought of a Valve VR game makes it one of our most anticipated upcoming projects.

Supported Headsets: Unknown (Vive is a safe bet)

Wilson’s Heart
Twisted Pixel

One of the most cinematic and unique games coming to Touch, Wilson’s Heart is a hugely promising VR adventure game that has you exploring an abandoned hospital with no real clue of why you’re there. We’ve already seen inventive use of Touch in the demo, and we want more in the full game.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift

XING: The Land Beyond
White Lotus Interactive

XING: The Land Beyond has been a long time coming, but 2017 might finally be the year we get our hands on this gorgeous adventure game, which was Kickstarted all the way back in 2013. Solve puzzles on tropical beaches and lush forests in a surreal story about the afterlife.

Supported headsets: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR

Bebylon Battle Royale
Kite & Lightning

If you’ve been craving some vehicular melee, Bebylon Battle Royale is here for your fix. This party brawler includes 3rd and 1st person dynamics with the humorous arsenal the genre is known for. Could this be the Twisted Metal of the VR ecosystem?

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

Classroom Aquatic
Sunken Places

Born through Kickstarter, Classroom Aquatic is a humorous stealth-trivia game where you cheat, sabotage, and manipulate your way through a classroom of dolphins. Use your fellow students while trying to avoid the gaze of the teachers as you survive the semester.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, Daydream

Essence
ONEVISION GAMS

In a world forgotten by time and space, you wake with no memory of what happened or why. Explore the majestic world as you begin to remember your own abilities and solve the puzzles to reveal the history of this world.

Supported Headsets: HTC Vive

Futuridium VR
Mixed Bag

This low poly arcade style shooter is a port of the EP Deluxe version for PS4. From the cockpit, you’ll engage in gameplay that is reminiscent of classic Starfox with an high energy soundtrack as the accent for the excitement, so strap in.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, HTC Vive

Get Even
The Farm 51

Get Even is a photo realistic shooter with a horror theme. In both the single player and multiplayer modes, the scanned environments and weapon physics provide an authentic and realistic experience to draw you deep into the action.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR

Gnog
KO_OP

With an abstract art style and vibrant colors, Gnog is a 3D puzzle adventure where you venture into monster heads and decipher the unique puzzle of each.

Supported Headsets: PlayStation VR

Knockout League
Grab Games

This arcade style boxing game will incorporate realistic movement and punch physics as you take on your toon style opponents. Take on monsters and humans alike as your ascend to the top of the Knockout League.

Supported Headsets: HTC Vive

Landfall
Force Field

Landfall is an intriguing  top-down tactical action shooter hybrid where the devs are hoping to redefine the genre with the VR vantage point. It’s immediately noticeable as different than real-time strategy games and features the ability to take control of individual hero forces against other players.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift

Narcosis
Honor Code

This title is a first person survival/horror that takes place in one of the most terrifying places in the world: the depths of the ocean. Within the confines of your suit, you must endure the terrifying experience as you try to get back to the surface.

Supported Headsets: Oculus Rift

Panoptic
Team Panoptes

Panoptic embraces the unique asymmetrical multiplayer style for a local match where one player uses the VR headset as the overseer and the other non-VR player moves as a tiny citizen through the area as they seek out the orb of power.

Supported Headsets: HTC Vive


What are some of the VR games you can’t wait to play in 2017? Let us know in the comments!

Some portions of this story were contributed by Jamie Feltham.

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  • ymo1965

    Just when the games market was beginning to go a bit stale, VR came to save us! My Vive is ready for 2017. Bring it on.

    • Ethan James Trombley

      I was getting a bit worn out but Sairento VR while not much to it at the moment literally makes me feel like a ninja with super powers.

  • Sean Lumly

    XING!!!!! Xing is going to be incredible, and is without a doubt the game that I’m most looking forward to. I will be playing in VR, but it is nice to know that it supports traditional TVs as well, giving White Lotus Interactive — a fledgling indie — a better shot at returns on their investment.

    But what a list! Farpoint, and Skyworld look really great, and I’m glad that there are a few notable 3rd person games on the horizon. I also like the look of Farpoint, and the sound of Fallout 4 (a game I would never even considered were it not for VR). And Ace Combat 7 sounds stellar! Having a full, story driven, single-player campaign in VR is exactly what I need.

    I found the decision to have a special VR Touring mode in GT Sport to be incredibly disappointing. I would much rather have had the option to play the entire game in VR vs specific content.

    In any case, I will be getting a beefy gaming PC this year, but am still having trouble deciding between the Vive and the Rift. I may wait to hear if there will be additional high-quality HMDs on the market or refreshes of existing hardware.

    I’m sure 2017 will be exciting!

  • Chris

    I’m sure that you can play all Vive games with the Oculus rift. Maybe you should replace “Supported Headsets” by “Supported Platforms” and “HTC Vive” by “SteamVR”.

    • ymo1965

      I’m seriously interested in playing modded older games like Doom 3 BFG Edition. I realise it won’t be suitable for all titles but it’s something I would like to mess with. Having said that there’s some bad press/opinions on ‘Vorpx’, so might give that a miss at under £30. Or ‘VIREio perception’ which is free. Just fancy playing Dead Space or Alien Isolation in vr.

      • Alien Isolation has VR mode, so good game without any modding. 🙂

        • yag

          Alien Isolation only supports DK2 🙁

    • Buddydudeguy

      Exactly.

    • Answered above earlier:
      This isn’t something we’re pushing, it’s just how the industry works. Developers on Steam can factor in official support for whichever headsets they like and if something isn’t officially supported by the developer, it doesn’t seem responsible for us to claim support if it’s not fully there.

      • Chris

        The input and play area are just more important categories.
        Essence has Oculus and OSVR support according to the steam description.

  • unreal_ed

    I think it’s really weird that we haven’t heard anything about Budget Cuts for nearly a year now. The game better be really pretty or really lengthy if it’s gone dark for so long

    • bschuler

      It’s being assisted by Valve, so you should expect a multi-award winning, game of the year contender, game.

      • unreal_ed

        That’s what I’m hoping at least. But now that i know Valve’s working on it, both the delay and secrecy make a lot more sense

  • Wildattorney

    Wait a minute. Ark isn’t available on HTC Vive yet, but Ark Park will be?

    • Evan

      Last I checked ark claimed rift support but it was totally busted to begin with. They were using an older version of the oculus SDK and refused to upgrade (probably because they refuse to upgrade to a non-beta version of the UE engine they’ve been using which is part of the reason it still runs like crap to this day). So while ark claims rift support its horribly washed out, only takes up half the fov in the headset, and the tracking is unusable. It worked for a few days when I tried it, then an upgrade promptly broke it and it didnt work at all, and thats when I uninstalled the game again

  • itakumre

    Unearthing Mars will be available also on Oculus Rift.

  • Buddydudeguy

    What is with labeling support ” Vive” or ” Rift” when both HMD’s will play either? Especially the Rift, which doesn’t need a hack to play Steam VR titles. Touch is out. Stop reporting as if it’s not. Rift can play any ” Vive” title.

    • Get Schwifty!

      It’s either lack of awareness, stupidity, or an anti-Oculus/pro-Vive agenda…. any of which is no excuse at this point.

      • RealityCheck131

        Why are you guys so butthurt here? They get support info from the game’s developers and provide it here.

      • Mark Johnson

        yet no vive support for oculus games bro… Take it you don’t care about that though

    • Answered above:
      This isn’t something we’re pushing, it’s just how the industry works. Developers on Steam can factor in official support for whichever headsets they like and if something isn’t officially supported by the developer, it doesn’t seem responsible for us to claim support if it’s not fully there.

      • Buddydudeguy

        …..but the RIft does fully support SteamVR titles. That’s the thing.

  • spaes2k

    Where is MLB the show batting cage vr experience which absolutely needs to happen.

  • Get Schwifty!

    Can we please stop with the “for Vive” routine and remember that all these games for Vive are available to play on Rift? Even with Touch now you can emulate the controls with a little tweaking… *rolls eyes*

    • This isn’t something we’re pushing, it’s just how the industry works. Developers on Steam can factor in official support for whichever headsets they like and if something isn’t officially supported by the developer, it doesn’t seem responsible for us to claim support if it’s not fully there.

    • Billy H

      How do you emulate the Vive controllers with the touch? I could emulate the vive controllers with the leap motion, but I haven’t found a touch driver, that does the same thing. Can you map your own controls?

  • RoJoyInc

    Giant Cop, rock & morty? and Bebylon look like a wasted effort. More crap!!? Rebo Recall looks awesome wish it was for Vive.
    I hate JOB SIM games where you just touch and interact – tossing and throwing things around. Fun for 3 minutes.

    Nothing here I’m really excited about since the best titles appear to be NON VIVE = (

  • MasterElwood

    Ultrawings?

  • Jona Adams

    I read somewhere that Bethesda is going to be re-releasing a VR version of the 2016 version of Doom.

  • Uncle

    Is it just me or 2017 VR games are couple notches higher quality than what we previously had?

    P.S. Honestly I dont get it, at least on the PC side every FPS should have VR mode, if they dont want to invest money into it at least have simple VR mode where you just have 3D stereo and VR look with your head thats it keep the game controls as it is, im sure its not that complicated to do and wont cost them more than couple of work days to implement. Basically its what RE7 done, yeah you can see 2 hands in game but you play with gamepad and control just one and look how much people liked it.

  • Gary Langridge

    Getting the vive ,fallout 4 ,big fan ,but wow oculus has some awesome line up of games ,hope some of these cross platform later