Bethesda was one of the participating companies that went to E3 to showcase trailers for its upcoming games: Quake Champions, Prey, The Elder Scrolls: Legends and Dishonored 2 and with this occasion, it announced that its post-apocalyptic game Fallout 4 and Doom 2016 will have a VR version for HTC Vive, but it will be launched in 2017.
After the launch of the first virtual reality headsets, many game developers started creating titles exclusively for VR or they announced that they will bring versions of their current famous games. Bethesda’s Fallout 4 game was released in November 2015 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and in 2017, HTC Vive owners will be able to play it in virtual reality.
“The interface is already on your wrist [with the Pip-Boy], you can pull it up and switch around, playing with the weapons. It’s exciting for us where even though we’ve lived in the game, to step it into VR it becomes real on another level,” said Bethesda Executive Producer Todd Howard.
Doom will be the second game that will make its way to VR, but the version for PC will require high-end specs, as it will run at over 100 fps, which is 40 plus frames over the standard of 60. Doom 2016 is a reboot of the famous SF horror first-person shooter video game series, being announced in 2008 as Doom 4. Seven years later, Bethesda was finally able to show full gameplay at E3 2015 and it released it on the two major consoles and for Microsoft Windows on May 13, 2016.
Bethesda will have a tough job to come up with a technology that will minimize motion sickness when playing Fallout 4 or Doom with a VR headset, but until next year, the developers will find a solution to please fans. Another game publisher that will prepare a lineup of titles for VR is Sony. The Japanese tech giant will release the PlayStation VR later this year and will offer a bunch of games that will be played in virtual reality.
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