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Here Are All The Games Confirmed For The HTC Vive

We’ve covered Playstation VR‘s lineup and Oculus Rift‘s launch games so to finish the triumvirate, we’ve rounded all the games confirmed to be releasing on the HTC Vive so far. Again, some are ports of 2D games, some are built for multiplatform VR and others are developed especially for the HTC Vive — though Valve has said that the platform will have no exclusives.

The Vive will be sold mainly on the strength of its tech — with many games utilising its room scale technology and nuanced movement controllers to maximum effect. “We have no exclusives,” Valve’s Chet Faliszek told Fortune. “We don’t think that’s a good thing for the industry, especially in VR where we’re starting out with a promise of presence after so many years. We want to do everything we can to make sure VR succeeds, regardless of the platform. I don’t think a customer ever thinks a platform-exclusive game is a good thing.”

We also know that the Vive will launch with 50 titles when it ships in April, though the entire list hasn’t yet been confirmed. I’ve noted below when developers have said that their game will be launching with the Vive.

What We’re Looking Forward To:

Fantastic Contraption

Studio: Northway Games

Fantastic Contraption is a confirmed launch game for the HTC Vive, one of the three free games that will come bundled with the device. It’s essentially a game that gives you a bunch of parts and lets you be as creative with them as you want in order to solve a simple problem. The original 2D game can still be played in-browser here, if you’re curious as to its origins.

Tilt Brush

Studio: Skillman & Hackett

An offering from Google, Tilt Brush is another of the free games that will launch with the Vive. Tilt Brush lets you use the HTC Vive’s controllers to paint in a 3D environment, so it’s technically more of an app than a game. It’s an interesting look at the applications of this hardware beyond gaming, however, opening up possibilities of shared virtual art spaces and even an intuitive new way for game artists to create interesting 3D assets. Drawing in virtual reality is almost a physical performance — and I wouldn’t be surprised if artists ended up doing just that with it.

#SelfieTennis

Studio: VR Unicorns

#SelfieTennis (yes, the hashtag is important) is kind of like Wii Sports Tennis on drugs. At its core, it’s a VR game where you play tennis against yourself, however it’s the kooky flavour that people really seem to be enjoying about #SelfieTennis so far. The court is surrounded by giant tennis-ball-headed mascots who you can knock over with a ball or even by throwing your racquet at them.

The Brookhaven Experiment

Studio: Phosphor Games

The Brookhaven Experiment is a horror shooter that reminds me a little of the House of the Dead arcade games that I spent too much money on as a teenager. Despite its simple ‘shooting gallery’ premise, this game has managed to impress many of the people who got their hands on it at GDC. Brookhaven uses the Vive’s controllers to control a flashlight in one hand and a gun in the other, in a way that feels intuitive and immersive. It also makes full use of HTC’s room scale technology. So — anyone want to shoot some monsters?

Vanishing Realms: Rite of Steel

Studio: Indimo Labs

Another game being developed for the Vive and recommended by Valve is Vanishing Realms — a first person RPG that has been called the closest thing to Elder Scrolls in VR. With plenty of rhythm games, FPS, racing games and flying games, RPGs are thus far fairly under-represented on a platform that could really do them justice. The game utilises a teleportation mechanic to try and minimise some of the weirdness that is actually moving in VR spaces, apparently to good effect. Vanishing Realms comes from the mind of Valve’s former senior game designer of sound and music Kelly Bailey, now operating as Indimo Labs on this independent project. Vanishing Realms will launch alongside the HTC Vive in April, through Steam Early Access.

Star Wars: Trials On Tatooine

Studio: ILMxLab

Star Wars in VR, with lightsabers! Trials on Tatooine was developed by ILMxLab to provide the most authentic Star Wars experience for VR. Don’t get too excited, though — it’s unfortunately only a 7 minute long demo. However by all accounts it’s a fun little experience, and it shows just a little of what could be done with a universe like Star Wars in VR.

The Lab

Studio: Valve Software

While The Lab has been demoed at GDC, there are still no screenshots or footage of it yet released. However it seems a little bit like Playstation VR’s Playroom — a collection of demos, games and experiences that really show off what the technology can do. The Lab will be free for the HTC Vive, and by all accounts a few of the included games will be worth more than just the initial exploration that these demo-type games tend to lend themselves to.


The Full List

4089: Ghost Within

Studio: Phr00t’s Software

5089: The Action RPG

Studio: Phr00t’s Software

A Chair in a Room : Greenwater

Studio: Wolf & Wood

A Legend of Luca

Studio: Legend Studio

A-10 VR

Studio: Futuretown

Abbot’s Book

Studio: Blackthorn Media

Albino Lullaby: Episode 1

Studio: Ape Law

Alien: Isolation

Studio: Creative Assembly

American Truck Simulator

Studio: SCS Software

Anarchy Arcade

Studio: Elijah Newman-Gomez

Arizona Sunshine

Studio: Vertigo Games

Audioshield

Studio: Dylan Fitterer

Audiosurf 2

Studio: Dylan Fitterer

Battlezone

Studio: Rebellion

Bebylon: Battle Royale

Studio: Kite & Lightning

Boss Monster

Studio: AltspaceVR

Budget Cuts

Studio: Neat Corporation

BUTTS: The VR Experience

Studio: Tyler Hurd

Caffeine

Studio: Incandescent Imaging

CAT Interstellar

Studio: Ionized Games

Celestrion

Studio: dSky9

Chunks

Studio: Facepunch Studios

Cloudlands: VR Minigolf

Studio: Futuretown

Company of Heroes 2

Studio: Relic Entertainment

Crystal Rift

Studio: Psytec Games

DCS World

Studio: Eagle Dynamics

Dead Secret

Studio: Robot Invader

Descent: Underground

Studio: Descendent Studios

Detached

Studio: Anshar Studios

Dimensional

Studio: Head Start Design

Don’t Starve

Studio: Klei Entertainment

Eagle Flight

Studio: Ubisoft

Earthlight

Studio: Opaque Media Group

Elite Dangerous

Studio: Frontier Entertainment

Euclidean

Studio: Alphawave Entertainment

Euro Truck Simulator 2

Studio: SCS Software

Everest VR

Studio: Vertigo Games

Everspace

Studio: Rockfish Games

Fantastic Contraption

Studio: Northway Games

Felt Tip Circus

Studio: Alpha Wave Entertainment

Final Approach

Studio: Phaser Lock Interactive

Final Strike

Studio: Ghost Machine

FORM: Episode 1

Studio: Charm Games

G.T.F.O

Studio: VR Bits

Game of Thrones App

Studio: HBO

Ghost Vector

Studio: Thomas Kadlec

Golf Masters

Studio: Ghost Machine

Google Earth

Studio: Google

Half-Life 2

Studio: Valve Software

Half-Life 2: Episode One

Studio: Valve Software

Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Studio: Valve Software

Half-Life 2: Lost Coast

Studio: Valve Software

Half-Life: Source

Studio: Valve Software

Holodance

Studio: Narayana Games

HordeZ

Studio: Niklas Persson

Hover Junkers

Studio: Stress Level Zero

Jeeboman

Studio: Futuretown

Job Simulator: The 2050 Archive

Studio: Owlchemy Labs
Free launch title

JUMP

Studio: Endeavor One Inc.

Kittypocalypse

Studio: Bolvërk Games

Kumoon : Ballistic Physics Puzzle

Studio: Lucky You Studio

Legend of Dungeon

Studio: Robot Loves Kitty

The Lab

Studio: Valve Software

Lucid Trips

Studio: VR Nerds

Lunar Flight

Studio: Shovsoft

Marble Mountain

Studio: Lightning Rock

Maximum Override

Studio: Alientrap

Metaverse Construction Kit

Studio: Metaware

Mind: Path to Thalamus Enhanced Edition

Studio: Carlos Coronado

Modbox

Studio: Alien Trap

Motorsport Revolution

Studio: Ghost Machine

n Verlore Verstand

Studio: Skobbejak Games

Nimbus Knights

Studio: Otherworld Interactive

Ninja Trainer

Studio: Atomic VR

Orc Assault

Studio: Ghost Machine

P.O.L.L.E.N

Studio: Mindfield Games

Paranormal Activty

Studio: VRWERX

Planets

Studio: The Virtual Dutchmen

Proton Pulse

Studio: ZeroTransform

Quar VR

Studio: Steel Wool Games

Rail Adventures

Studio: Exosyphen Studios

Raw Data

Studio: Survios

Robot Repair Human Diversity Outreach Program

Studio: Valve Software

Secret Shop

Studio: Valve Software

#SelfieTennis

Studio: VR Unicorns

Showdown

Studio: Epic Games

Sisters

Studio: Otherworld Interactive

Skyworld

Studio: Vertigo Games

Sluggy’s Fruit Emporium

Studio: Timothy Johnson

Space Pirate Trainer

Studio: I-Illusions

Spermination

Studio: Phr00t’s Software

Stacks

Studio: Hayden Lee and Shawn Whiting

Stark Tower

Studio: Trek Industries

Star Wars: Trials On Tatooine

Studio: ILMxLab

Step into Remarkable

Studio: HTC

Subnautica

Studio: Unknown Worlds Entertainment

Surgeon Simulator: Alien Invasion Super VR 64

Studio: Bossa Studios

Sword Art Online: The Beginning

Studio: IBM Japan

Team Fortress 2

Studio: Valve Software

Technolust Scanlines

Studio: Iris VR

The Assembly

Studio: nDreams

The Blu: Encounter

Studio: Wemo Labs

The Brookhaven Experiment

Studio: Phosphor Games

The Gallery

Studio: Cloudhead Games

The Grand Canyon VR Experience

Studio: Immersive Entertainment

The Martian

Studio: 20th Century Fox Innovation Lab

The Peterson Case

Studio: Quarter Circle Games

The Room Archives

Studio: Fireproof Games

The Rose and I

Studio: Penrose Studios

The Talos Principle

Studio: Croteam

Thief in the Shadows

Studio: Epic Games

Thunderbird: The Legend Begins

Studio: Innervision Games

Tilt Brush

Studio: Skillman & Hackett

Time Machine VR

Studio: Minority Media

Train Simulator 2016

Studio: Dovetail Games

Universe Sandbox 2

Studio: Giant Army

Unreality

Studio: iKiWY

Vanishing Realms: Rite of Steel

Studio: Indimo Labs

Vector 36

Studio: Red River Studio

Virtually Dead

Studio: Noma Labs

VROOM: Aerie

Studio: VROOM

VROOM: Galleon

Studio: VROOM

Waltz of the Wizard

Studio: Aldin Dynamics

Warhawks

Studio: Ghost Machine

Water Bears VR

Studio: Schell Games

Windlands

Studio: Psytec Games

World of Diving

Studio: Vertigo Games

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