- Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition launches through early access
- Sea of Thieves alpha getting gravity, islands, more in next update
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy to be released this June for PS4
- Knights, vikings, samurai, oh my! For Honor out for console, PC
- PSVR action-adventure title Unearthing Mars coming stateside
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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Oculus Rift
Zen Studios has announced a new five-table pack for Pinball FX2 VR for Oculus Rift. Scheduled to be released on August 23, the Season One Pack includes five previously released tables updated for virtual reality: CastleStorm, Wild West Rampage, BioLab, Paranormal, and Earth Defense. The tables will have players razing castles, creating alien species, investigating supernatural events, and fending off an alien invasion. A brief clip offers a 360 view of Earth Defense.
The Collider 2, a new VR-ified action title, has hit Steam. Playable on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows, The Collider 2 tasks pilots with taking down an alien invasion by destroying its mothership using a fleet of fighters. The twist is that the ship must be destroyed from the inside, as six unique fighters collect data, attack reactors, and dodge the internal defenses throughout 54 fast-paced, arcade-style missions. The space fighters can be upgraded with unlocks and power-ups, and pilots can gain ranks for higher score multipliers. Endless Clash Mode is also on offer for those wanting extended runs, and players can test their skills against others in online weekly tournaments.
Developer Camel 101 has announced a new survival horror title, Syndrome. Hearkening back to the genre’s early days, players will struggle to survive as they fend off enemies and constantly scavenge for resources. Players must make judicious use of whatever they find in order to survive their trek through a spaceship that is overrun by strange creatures. These monsters are being designed to test the player’s will and skill, and challenge them at all times, with the goal being that “every encounter is an internal battle between fight or flight.”
Mastertronic has sent word that they will be publishing Sigtrap’s shooter Sublevel Zero this summer for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. The first-person, six-degrees-of-freedom shooter will feature procedurally generated levels, crafting, and permadeath. There are also plans to support the Oculus Rift. Ammo will be scarce, necessitating item crafting, and players will have to navigate levels filled with enemies and puzzles. The description of a roguelike Descent seems pretty apt. A trailer and screenshots have also been released.
Born Ready Games has released a new update for their mecha shooter Strike Suit Zero. The Kickstarter-backed title is now on its third post-launch patch, and the latest update includes some hefty changes. One of the biggest is a new cockpit view, which now allows players to switch between third- and first-person views. Other changes include tweaks to the difficulty, with new Easy and Hardcore levels added, some of the difficulty spikes removed, and the option to change difficulty before each mission, as well as a checkpoint save system, and an improved targeting system that now cycles through five priority types.
Born Ready Games’ mech-based shooter Strike Suit Zero has launched on Steam. The $19.99 release features ship and bot designs from Junji Okubo (Appleseed) and a score from Paul Ruskay (Homeworld) and Kokia (Tales of Innocence). Born Ready has also announced that they plan on releasing Linux and Mac versions later this year.