HTC Vive owners have been able to enjoy a plethora of virtual reality (VR) titles over the last year, from single-player adventures to multiplayer shooters, the headset has something for everyone. Having already covered ‘The Best HTC Vive Games of 2018‘ it’s now time to look at what’s to come, with cross-platform action as well as open-world escapades.
The Best HTC Vive Games Coming in 2019
Vacation Simulator – Owlchemy Labs
After the massive success that was Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives in 2016, Owlchemy Labs plans to launch the next title in the series Vacation Simulator this year. Originally due in 2018, the launch was pushed back in November. Just like its predecessor, Vacation Simulator is a comedic, hands-on experience, taking you away from the workplace and onto the idyllic shores of a sun-kissed island. Here you’ll be able to customise your character, take selfies, play with beach balls, test your barbecuing skills and much more.
Vacation Simulator does have an exact 2019 launch date, but it’ll support HTC Vive, plus Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR.
Space Junkies – Ubisoft
After first making an appearance during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in 2017, Ubisoft has held a couple of open beta’s during the course of 2018, so you may have already played Space Junkies. A zero-gravity, competitive shooter experience, players engage in either 1-v-1 or 2-v-2 matches using a variety of weapons such as “Sunblasters” and “Bioguns” to dispatch enemies.
As it is a purely multiplayer experience Space Junkies is another multiplatform title, due for release some point this year.
Population: ONE – BigBox VR
The battle royale genre has dominated standard videogaming for a while thanks to titles like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The genre hasn’t quite had the same effect in VR with BigBox VR’s Smashbox Arena being one of the more notable examples. It’s not stopping there, however, with an even grander project, Population: ONE. Currently in private beta, players will be able to climb, fly and build with up to 24 others in a match, with cross-play compatibility for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
Impressed when we first saw it during Gamescom 2018, Population: ONE is shaping up to be even better than its flat screen cousins. Scheduled for launch in 2019, no date confirmed just yet.
Rhythm of the Universe – ROTU Entertainment
Having only released the first teaser trailer a couple of weeks ago, there are still a lot of questions surrounding Rhythm of the Universe. The videogame is going to be episodic, with seven chapters in total, each released around six months apart. Each can stand on its own but their stories will be part of a bigger narrative. From details released so far, Rhythm of the Universe looks to be a puzzle adventure involving music and music mythology.
Nostos – NetEase Games
Last but not least is the epic looking Nostos by NetEase Games. This is a massive open-world adventure that just so happens to be multiplayer. Worlds in the videogame can have a maximum of 20 players and are fully adaptable, so they can destroy and build at their leisure, creating ecosystems in a post-apocalyptic environment. Definitely one for those who love role-playing games (RPGs), Nostos will have you fighting for survival.
NetEase Games is currently working on just the HTC Vive version of the title – the closest to an exclusive the headset is getting on this list – but it hasn’t ruled out a release on Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR. The HTC Vive release is planned for Q3 2019.