Update: Since publication we have heard back from Facebook and incorporated a handful of updates, including a link to the official blog post for the announcement.
After pulling out of the 2020 Game Developers Conference (GDC) a few weeks back — and the show’s subsequent cancellation — Facebook will be hosting an online showcase for upcoming VR titles next week.
The Facebook: Game Developers Showcase is being held on March 16 at 5pm GMT/10am PT and running until March 19. Then on March 24th, Facebook Gaming, the streaming branch of the social media platform, will have announcements of its own. It doesn’t sound like this is an announcement-fuelled video presentation like, say, our upcoming E3 VR Showcase will be. Instead it looks like it will be a series of blog posts going live on the Oculus Blog over those days, detailing several games on the way to Oculus Quest and Rift. We’ve reached out to Facebook to clarify.
Confirmed titles include Pistol Whip, Beat Saber, The Room VR: A Dark Matter, Lies Beneath and Phantom: Covert Ops. We’ll likely see new trailers, footage and announcements for these titles, some of which are releasing in just a few weeks’ time.
Facebook traditionally showcases new VR games at a physical GDC showing, and it appears this showcase is filling in for that. It’s not clear yet if there will be brand new game announcements, too.
On top of the showcase, the company is also launching three videos on March 19, which again look to fill in for the talks that Facebook was given at GDC. The three videos are:
-VR Business Best Practices
-The Future of Playing Together and Where Multiplayer Is Going in VR
-Best Practices For Launching Games on Oculus
We’ll, of course, be bringing you all the latest on each of these games over the course of the next week.