The Virtual Reality Radar Chart – VRery Scary Horror Games

Yesterday we released our updated version of the KZero Virtual Reality Radar chart, showing live and in-development games and experiences for the Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus and the Durovis Dive. In this post we’re being brave and diving into the VRery Scary’ Horror genre.

The chart below shows the segment of the KZero VR Radar chart containing RPG, Horror and Exploration games. Looking specifically at the Horror segment, the red circles show games already available. And, proving the popularity of these types of games, the orange dots show games that are currently in development.

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When the Oculus Rift DK1 started to gather momentum in the developer community, the Horror and Suspense RPG genres quickly became one of the top game-types of choice. Of course, VR is a great format for games that draw on immersiveness and presence and many of these initial games/demos are actually quite scary! Heres some reactions of people playing horror games Alone in the Rift and Don’t Look Back.

among-the-sleep-oculus-riftAmong the Sleep is a recently released game funded via Kickstarter that will shortly have Oculus Rift support. Reports also indicate the game will be compatible with Sony’s Project Morpheus. Krillbute, the game developer positions the game as:

Among the Sleep is a first-person horror adventure where you play as a two-year-old. You’re vulnerable, scared, and trying to make sense of the world. It explores horror through atmosphere and exploration, not with scores and combat systems.”

Another horror game in development is called Spectre and similar to Among the Sleep, also used Kickstarter for funding. Spectre is going to be a multi-player so maybe this is a genre we should call ‘Scared with Friends’.

In addition to new IPs and game titles coming to market, existing franchises are also getting the VR treatment. An example of this is Alien: Isolation, announced this week at E3. Some people think it was the scariest game at the show and the game is heading to the Rift.

Switching platforms, Zombies on the Holodeck is a demo from Survios , a company developing a complete infrastructure for virtual reality gaming incorporating a headset, body movement tracking and controllers. Here’s a neat video showing this game in action.

In the next post we’ll be moving away from the Horror genre and focusing on RPG and Adventure games such as The Assembly, Loading Human and The Gallery: Six Elements. A high-res version of the full KZero VR Radar chart can be ordered here.

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