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After the successful release of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR, things are looking up for Sony’s fledgling VR headset. Those hopes take a very hard blow, though, when gamers try looking for news on future releases for PSVR. Users on NeoGAF have compiled a list of games for the system that seem to have mysteriously disappeared without mention, and unfortunately, its a pretty large list.
Final Fantasy XV VR Experience was announced and shown at last year’s E3 and even had a playable demo. Though it was originally intended to be released alongside the main game, the VR version kept getting pushed back, missing the PSVR’s October launch. Though Final Fantasy XV has met favorable reviews and is even getting DLC, Square Enix has neglected to mention anything more about its VR plans.
Tekken 7’s VR support was last mentioned in August, and even then there weren’t many details on how exactly VR would be integrated with the fighting game. Since then, product descriptions for the upcoming game (release date March 18) released make no mention of any VR mechanics.
Infamous “bounce physics” simulator Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 was supposed to get a VR patch back in October, but that update had been delayed by the developers for a seemingly indefinite period of time. Fortunately for fans of bouncy anime girls, the VR update has finally launched in Japan, which could be the boost PSVR has been looking for. The game has yet to receive a North American or European release, however.
The Modern Zombie Taxi Co., which looked like the hilariously deranged love child of Crazy Taxi and Shaun of the Dead, was announced back during PlayStation Experience 2015 for a 2016 release. 2016 came and went with very little news on the game. Since then, developers Vitei Backroom have been tweeting their work on their new HTC Vive title A Tiny Escape, suggesting they’ve abandoned their PSVR game.
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, sequel to the overlooked 2005 platform classic, was scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016, but has yet to be released. Hopefully the comedic adventure game is just being silently delayed instead of outright cancelled.
Several smaller games that had been announced for the PSVR, including Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games and Synthesis Universe, and those games have either removed any mention of development for the PSVR on their homepages, or the developers have just come out and said they’ve cancelled development for PSVR.
It seems the only PSVR game with a definite release date is Star Trek: Bridge Crew, being released March 14. The dozens of other games that are supposed to come out this year have the very unspecific release date of “sometime in 2017,” with only a few getting pegged to certain quarters of the year (Symphony of the Machine and Stifled are to be released the first quarter of this year).
With a lack of a definite, strong lineup of games this year, the future of the PSVR is starting to look grim.