You could be forgiven for missing these two among the pile of major announcements at Bethesda’s E3 2018 press conference. They announced Starfield, officially confirmed they’re working on Elder Scrolls 6, showed us Fallout 76 in action and revelead its release date. There was a new Doom game and an Elder Scrolls mobile thing. It was an emotional evening. Some things were bound to slip by unnoticed. Things like the VR spin-offs for Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus and Prey.
Apparently, the two games are getting dedicated VR modes at some point in the future. Typhon Hunter is Prey’s competitive mode that lets you fight the recognizable shapeshifters from Talos 1, and it’s going to have a normal version as well, in case you’re not comfortable wearing an expensive bucket on your head. It’s going to be a part of the Mooncrash expansion, which will be released this summer.
Wolfenstein, on the other hand, is going to get VR in a standalone, VR-only game. Called Cyberpilot, it’s going to let you pilot a Panzerhun and help the French resistance take back Paris. It doesn’t have a relase date yet, but it’s probably going to launch later this year.
Both sound vaguely fun, but on the other hand, they sound just like things that aren’t really enriched by the new tech. Prey’s VR baby has the advantage of being part of a larger package – whoever enjoyed the original game will probably want to give the DLC a try, and they might end up playing Typhon Hunter as well (provided they have the disposable income required to stick two terribly low-res monitors to your face). Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot requires you to take money out of your pocket and pay for it intentionally, which obviously makes it a harder sell.