Co-Op Arcade Shoot ‘Em Up Wings 1941 Hits Quest In June

Retro-inspired arcade shoot ’em up, Wings 1941, gets a Meta Quest (formerly Oculus Quest) store release next week.

The game — which seems to be inspired by Capcom’s arcade classic, 1942 — touches down on the standalone headset on June 2 and is currently listed in the Coming Soon section of the store. No other platforms have been announced at this time. The game features takes on some of the Second World War’s biggest battles, including D-Day, Stalingrad and the battle of Midway. It can be played either in single-player or with a friend in co-op. Check out a trailer below.

Wings 1941 Trailer

Rather than a realistic flight simulator akin to something like Warplanes or Ultrawings, Wings 1941 is played from third-person, with the user’s hand steering the aircraft similar to games like Shooty Skies Overdrive. You’ll use this mechanic to dodge bullets and grab power-ups whilst returning fire.

Overall there are 10 planes to pilot including the B17 Bomber and Hurricane as well as 10 campaigns to fight through. Bosses include zeppelins, battleships and tanks. There are leaderboards for those chasing high scores, too. We’ve seen a lot of games of this type come and go but the promise of co-op support could give Wings 1941 an edge.

Also releasing on June 2 is VR puzzle game, The Last Clockwinder, kicking off a busy month that also sees the launch of Mothergunship: Forge, Kayak VR and more as well as updates for Demeo. Are you going to be checking out Wings 1941 when it releases next week? Let us know in the comments below!

Nearly 4 Years On, PSVR’s Firewall Launches Its Final Season

Just under four years on from launch, PSVR-exclusive Firewall Zero Hour has launched its final season.

The tenth season is fittingly named Operation: X and developer First Contact Entertainment says it isn’t planning any additional seasons past this one. The game will, of course, remain in operation past the end of this season.

Included in Operation: X is the return of legendary weapons alongside 24 missions that allow you to unlock new cosmetics. You’ll need an Ops Pass to access the new content.

This isn’t a massive season by most accounts, then. But First Contact is currently busy working on a brand new game for PSVR 2. No word on what exactly that will be just yet but we’d certainly welcome an official sequel to Firewall. You can keep track of every announced and rumored PSVR 2 game right here.

Firewall first launched in 2018 and quickly grew in popularity on PSVR thanks to its tactical battles that were best experienced with the rifle-shaped Aim controller. It essentially ended up feeling like VR’s answer to Rainbow Six. We gave the game 9/10 back when we did review scores, saying it offered the definitive multiplayer shooter experience on PSVR.

Are you going to be jumping into Firewall’s final season? Let us know in the comments below.

Until You Fall Collaboration Coming To Drums Rock This Week

VR drumming game Drums Rock is getting a collaboration with Schell Games’ Until You Fall this week.

A free update for the game will add a cover version of Kneon Knightmare from Until You Fall’s soundtrack. It’ll be a heavier take on the track in step with the rest of the game’s tracklist and also include several cosmetic overhauls such as a drum set inspired by the game, sticks in the shape of blades and hands identical to those of the player character in Until You Fall.

Check out the track itself in the video below.

Drums Rock Meets Until You Fall

Drums Rock is akin to using the drum kit peripheral in Rock Band and later Guitar Hero games; notes stream towards you and you have to match them to the corresponding instrument by hitting it on time. The only difference is that, with this being VR, you don’t actually have a plastic kit yourself.

Until You Fall, meanwhile, is Schell’s roguelite action game in which you take on runs of a dungeon, facing down monsters with swords. To this day it remains one of our favorite VR games and sits on our list of the 25 best VR games out there.

This isn’t the first collaboration between two VR developers we’ve seen. Earlier this month Resolution Games announced it was teaming up with Fast Travel Games to bring weapons from the latter’s debut title, Apex Construct, over to Blaston.

Currently the game’s available on Quest via App Lab. Are you going to be checking out the Drums Rock and Until You Fall collaboration? Let us know in the comments below!

Vertigo Games Picks Up Maskmaker VR, But No Quest Announcement Yet

Vertigo Games is adding Innerspace’s Maskmaker to its publishing portfolio.

A tweet from the company’s official account confirmed as much. The post says that Vertigo is “strengthening” its partnership with Innerspace, but doesn’t specifically outline plans for what it will do with the game. The game was originally released on PSVR and PC VR in April of 2021, published by MWM Interactive. Vertigo published Innerspace’s first full VR game, A Fisherman’s Tale, back in 2019.

Vertigo Picks Up Maskmaker VR

Vertigo declined to comment on how this new partnership came about or if it might mean a Quest version of the game is in the works. In a follow-up tweet, Innerspace itself said it hoped the partnership would “bring new opportunities soon”.

Maskmaker was a VR adventure game in which you happen upon an old mask maker’s workshop and discover the ability to jump between worlds using their creations. You use this mechanic to go between environments, creating masks that mirror those you find in different worlds, allowing you to assume control of different characters.

We thought the game was successful in building out fascinating worlds, but a heavy-handed narrative got in the way of the gameplay. “Its best moments achieve an intricate balance between body-swapping puzzling that helps lift the veil on some of the story’s deeper themes, and I would have happily spent hours more making masks in the welcome confines of its workshop,” we said in our review. “But the game often feels like it’s presenting puzzles for the sake of it and could have helped its story breathe by stripping back some of the exposition.”

Shortly after Maskmaker’s release, Vertigo Games confirmed it had signed a publishing deal with Innerspace to produce its next game, which is still unannounced.

Fast Travel Games Confirms Multiple PSVR 2 Games In Development

Cities: VR and Wraith: The Oblivion developer Fast Travel Games is working on multiple PSVR 2 projects.

The studio confirmed as much in a tweet today. A teaser image showed the back of Sony’s upcoming VR headset with the company logo in the lenses. The message ‘#morethanone’, meanwhile, confirms it’s working on more than just one game for the device.

Fast Travel PSVR 2 Titles Confirmed

PSVR 2 still doesn’t have a release date, though speculation is pointing towards an early 2023 release. Currently there’s only a handful of officially confirmed games such as Horizon Call of the Mountain, Among Us VR and Firmament, but other developers like nDreams and Coatsink have also confirmed they’re working on titles for the kit. You can keep up with every confirmed and rumored PSVR 2 game here and everything else we know about the headset here.

As for what Fast Travel could bring to PSVR 2? It’s a good bet that some of its older VR titles get an upgrade for PS5. The Quest 2 release of Cities: VR was just last month but the studio has already strongly hinted that it’ll come to other platforms, too. The team also operates a publishing division that has so far released Virtuoso. Some of these games are likely to stem from those efforts, too.

What other Fast Travel Games titles would you like to see on PSVR 2? Let us know in the comments below.

Fast Travel Games Confirms Multiple PSVR 2 Games In Development

Cities: VR and Wraith: The Oblivion developer Fast Travel Games is working on multiple PSVR 2 projects.

The studio confirmed as much in a tweet today. A teaser image showed the back of Sony’s upcoming VR headset with the company logo in the lenses. The message ‘#morethanone’, meanwhile, confirms it’s working on more than just one game for the device.

Fast Travel PSVR 2 Titles Confirmed

PSVR 2 still doesn’t have a release date, though speculation is pointing towards an early 2023 release. Currently there’s only a handful of officially confirmed games such as Horizon Call of the Mountain, Among Us VR and Firmament, but other developers like nDreams and Coatsink have also confirmed they’re working on titles for the kit. You can keep up with every confirmed and rumored PSVR 2 game here and everything else we know about the headset here.

As for what Fast Travel could bring to PSVR 2? It’s a good bet that some of its older VR titles get an upgrade for PS5. The Quest 2 release of Cities: VR was just last month but the studio has already strongly hinted that it’ll come to other platforms, too. The team also operates a publishing division that has so far released Virtuoso. Some of these games are likely to stem from those efforts, too.

What other Fast Travel Games titles would you like to see on PSVR 2? Let us know in the comments below.

Astro Bot Gets A Practically Perfect Action Figure

VR gaming doesn’t enjoy much physical merchandise, but this Astro Bot figure is pretty much perfect.

The new figure, set to release next year, is part of Good Smile Company’s Nendoroid series. Usually, the series takes famous characters and gives them a child-like appearance but, in the case of Astro, the little guy looks pretty much identical to his on-screen appearances in Astro’s Playroom and Astro Bot Rescue Mission.

Astro Bot Nendoroid Revealed

Astro Bot Figure

The figure comes with several different heads to change Astro’s expression as well as items and collectibles you’ll recognize from both games.

It’s not cheap, though; the figure costs $63.99 to pre-order. The most popular Nendoroid items do tend to sell out, though, so you’ll want to make sure to scoop it up if you want to show your shelf some love for Astro.

Granted, Astro likely earned the figurine treatment based on his fantastic PS5 flatscreen debut, Astro’s Playroom, but we’ll still count this as a win for the absolutely immaculate PSVR-exclusive platformer, Rescue Mission. With PSVR 2 on the way, we’ve still got our fingers crossed that developer Team Asobi will be bringing Astro back to VR in the future. Currently the studio is hiring for a new project, but there’s been no indication that this title could support VR.

Are you going to be picking up the Astro Bot Nendoroid figure? Let us know in the comments below!

Shores Of Loci Is A Sumptuous VR Puzzler For Quest, PC VR

If you like your VR puzzling to be a little more otherworldly than Puzzling Places (or if you literally just want more of that winning formula) then you’ll want to put tomorrow’s release of Shores of Loci on your radar.

Releasing on May 24 in early access for Meta Quest (formerly Oculus Quest) App Lab and Steam, Shores of Loci is sumptuous in its aura, tasking players with piecing together dioramas of fictional landscapes that, upon completion, set down on the horizon in front of you at full scale. Each scene is split into pieces akin to a 3D puzzle, and you simply have to find which piece goes where, at which point the game will automatically stitch parts together.

It sounds very similar to the brilliant simplicity of Puzzling Places and, in truth, it is. But Shores of Loci does vary quite a bit in its approach to puzzles.

Each challenge, for example, provides only a handful of pieces at a time, waiting for you to slot them all into the right place before presenting the next pack. This is a useful bit of staging given that the exquisitely detailed designs — ranging from ancient civilizations to rickety fishing villages — can be tough to make sense of at times. It can often be tough to make head or tail of the parts you’re dealt and, while the game focuses on relaxation, it’s sometimes frustrating not being able to clearly see how things fit together. Nonetheless, there’s an instant hint button that will highlight two attachable areas upon pressing, and the game is judgment-free on using it.

But, if it’s easy to lose yourself in the puzzles, that’s largely down to the game’s irresistible presentation. Visually this is a dreamy world of marvels, from the soothing views you’ll take in from afar to the tiny miracles dotted around the puzzles themselves. The soundscape, meanwhile, is airy and wonderous, proving to be the perfect companion to the pacing.

Naturally, games of this type aren’t for everyone, but I found myself enraptured with Shores of Loci’s soothing blend of puzzling. With five main worlds and multiple puzzles between them, there’s a fair few hours to kill here and we hope to see more added over the course of early access. Even now, though, VR puzzle fans will find themselves swept up in this whimsy treat.

Shores of Loci will cost $15 when it launches tomorrow. We’ll have a keen eye on where it goes from here.

Tarzan VR Gets A Trilogy Edition On PC

A new Tarzan VR Trilogy Edition collects all three episodes of the adventure for PC VR.

Previously Tarzan VR released its first two episodes as paid installments for PC headsets. A third episode was promised, but didn’t appear until the game launched on Quest as the entire trilogy. Even then, however, the PC VR versions were missing the third installment.

But this week’s launch of the trilogy edition brings that third and final episode of the game to PC VR headsets. It’s available on Steam and the Oculus Store (where it supports cross-buy with Quest) for $19.99. It’s no longer possible to buy the episodes individually but, if you already own the first installment, you’ll get the update for free.

Alongside the new episode, the update also adds a new bow weapon and performance and graphical improvements. We thought the Quest version of the game was incredibly troubled thanks to muddy graphics, though the PC VR version does offer much tighter presentation. That said, it’s still true that the overall experience is very short and the gameplay is overly simply. Still, any excuse to share that trailer once again, no?

Don’t let them destroy your jungle.

Elsewhere, publisher Fun Train is planning to release a Twilight Zone VR game in July and a sequel to The Exorcist: Legion VR in the near future. Both projects feature development from UK-based Pocket Money Games.

Are you going to be picking up Tarzan VR Trilogy Edition on PC? Let us know in the comments below.

Joy Way Cancels VR Roguelite Outlier 2 Months Into Early Access

Just two months on from its launch on early access, developer Joy Way has canceled work on VR roguelite, Outlier.

The studio shared the news on its Discord channel last week, stating that it had “overestimated the demand for this game” and “underestimated the complexity of the roguelike genre.” The game will soon be removed from Steam.

Outlier Canceled

he studio reasoned that continuing to work on the project would take another eight to 12 months with “a low probability that the project will ever achieve at least financial self-sufficiency.” Outlier was Joy Way’s fifth announced game in two years and the second project to be fully abandoned, the other being a puzzle game called Brains vs Zombies. Its other three projects, Stride, Against and Time Hacker, are all also in early access, though the latter title seemingly hasn’t received an update in over a year.

Joy Way said customers should “feel free” to refund the game and reach out to Steam support if they need help.

Outlier offered roguelite action similar to flatscreen games like Hades and Returnal as well as VR games like Sweet Surrender and Until You Fall. You fought through areas of an alien planet using firearms and superpowers to defend yourself. We quite liked the game at early access launch, but noted the developer’s tendency to release new prototype projects rather than finish old ones was becoming a problem.

“More cautious optimism, then, but with this marking the fourth major early access release for Joy Way with a full game yet to launch, it’s high past time the developer started consolidating on some of this potential,” we said.

Joy Way does continue to work on Stride and Against, however. The latter just got an update improving the flow of the game. Stride, meanwhile, recently disappeared off of the Quest store for over a month as Meta delisted apps from developers with “financial entities” based in Russia. Joy Way told UploadVR that it has “very few employees” left in Russia and Stride has since returned to the store, with its long-promised multiplayer mode still in the works.

What do you make of Outlier’s cancellation? Let us know in the comments below!