Get ready to immerse yourself in the thrilling world of virtual reality with the 12 best upcoming VR games of 2023. From the dark and mysterious “Behemoth” to the spine-chilling “Paranormal Tales” and the intense first-person shooter “Unrecord,” these games are set to redefine your VR gaming experience. Explore the futuristic city of “Hubris,” brave the horrors of “The Foglands,” and unravel the mysteries of “Propagation: Paradise Hotel.” With “Into The Darkness VR” and “Hellsweeper VR” rounding out the list, prepare to be transported to new realms of excitement and adventure.
The 12 Best Upcoming VR Games
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I mentioned this before, perhaps when it was first revealed. I was so excited about it that I even included it in an unrelated video just to give it a shout out. We have a totally brand new game in the making called Behemoth, developed by the same team behind The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners. It’s being touted as a single-player, story-driven RPG. They have released a trailer for it, and the announcement is that the game will be available on all virtual reality headsets in a few months.
2. Paranormal Tales
Digital Cyber Cherries, the same creators of Hypercharge: The Battle Royal game, have finally released the official gameplay trailer for Paranormal Tales. This co-op shooter is developed using Unreal Engine 5 and is a PC-exclusive, next-generation body cam-style horror game inspired by PT. It’s based on found footage, giving you the feeling of watching a VHS movie yourself. The visuals are impressive, and it’s one of the best things we’ve seen in months. The game is set to release around October this year.
We have the previously titled Project Body Cam, which now has a proper name: Unrecord. It’s a photorealistic first-person shooter with a body camera style that gives it the appearance of real shots and recorded footage, but it’s actually in-game footage made with Unreal Engine. In On Record, you play the role of Finley, a police officer fighting crime. It’s similar to the movie End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal, but in this case, it’s a game.
Hubris has been available on Steam as a PCVR exclusive for a few months now, receiving mostly positive reviews. Surprisingly, it’s now making its way to the PlayStation VR2 with improved graphics and additional features. It’s expected to release in a couple of weeks. In case you’re new to this game, Hubris is a science fiction-based exploration-style shooter. This is great news for PlayStation VR2 owners.
5. The Foglands
Guys, we have a virtual reality roguelike first-person shooter from the same developers who brought us Escape Bloody Mary and another horror VR game exclusively for PC almost six years ago. They have a new game called The Foglands which is set to release on PC, Quest 2, and PlayStation VR2 in a couple of months. This game promises even heavier horror elements, better graphics, and features a completely different monster. While we’re still waiting for a specific release date, here’s a trailer to give you a glimpse of what to expect.
6. Propagation: Paradise Hotel
I’ve mentioned this one before, maybe twice, but in case you missed it, we have Propagation, a virtual reality horror video that was released a couple of years ago. And now, its sequel, Paradise Hotel Propagation, is currently in the making. It’s an intense adventure-focused horror game in VR, with a storyline reminiscent of games like Telltale Games. Here’s a trailer for you to check out. The game is expected to be available on most VR headsets in about a month.
7. Into The Darkness VR
Let me tell you about ‘Into the Darkness,’ a physics-based action-adventure game that was announced in March of this year. We have a new reveal trailer showcasing more gameplay, including changes to the graphical engine. The game is set to release in December 2023 as a PCVR exclusive. ‘Into the Darkness’ was actually revealed around two years ago with just concepts, and it follows a similar style to ‘Boneworks.’ Take a look at the trailer in case you missed it.
8. Hellsweeper VR
Let’s talk about Hellsweeper VR, which can be best described as a roguelike first-person shooter combat simulator. This game is developed by the same team behind Syrento, another incredibly fun VR game. Hellsweeper VR is currently in its pre-alpha stage, with a demo set to release in a couple of days. The full game is expected to be available on Oculus and PC VR stores in late 2023, and it has also been announced for the PlayStation VR2.
9. Requisition VR: Home Alone
Welcome to Nevermind, a once peaceful city that has now become a total mess. After years in the making, we have Requisition VR: Home Alone, which has been receiving positive review scores since May 4, just a few days ago. This game has managed to avoid any major bugs so far. Requisition VR can be described as Dead Rising in VR, considering its overall feel, or you could even compare it to Dead Island due to its decent physics and similar aesthetic. Fans of The Walking Dead may also find similarities. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out. The game is priced at around twenty dollars.
Moving on, we have a new game called Firmament by Cyan Ventures, led by the same developers who created the old horror game Myst, which was released 30 years ago. Firmament has been in development since last year and had a successful Kickstarter campaign, initially aiming for a million dollars but surpassing that with stretch goals. The game is set to release on May 18, and it has received ample funding. Firmament is described by its developers as a deeply immersive narrative adventure game designed for VR but also playable on traditional platforms.
Low-Fi is currently available in Early Access for PCVR, and there are plans for a full launch on other headsets, specifically the PlayStation VR2, as of a month ago. The game is expected to be released in approximately two months, and it’s considered one of the most promising titles coming to virtual reality this year. Low-Fi is a cyberpunk adventure and serves as the spiritual successor to Iris VR’s Technolust. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to take a look.
12. Dead Hook VR May 18, 2023 PSVR2, Meta Quest
When it comes to violent and immersive virtual reality games, there’s a brand new IP that was revealed a couple of weeks ago through IGN. It’s called Dead Hook VR, and it’s another roguelike VR shooter with a strong emphasis on storytelling, if that even makes sense. The game features a pretty decent soundtrack, reminiscent of Mick Gordon’s work in the Doom games. It’s fast-paced and action-packed, aiming to capture the essence of the Doom games in VR. In Dead Hook VR, you play the role of a Smuggler. Be sure to check it out when it releases on May 18th.
These are the 12 best upcoming VR games. If you have any games to add to this list, please comment below, and we will include them.