Right now Mark Zuckerberg is taking a break from pretending to be in Puerto Rico to host Oculus Connect, Facebook's virtual reality fiesta. One of the biggest surprises at the show was the news that Oculus is working with Titanfall 2 developer Respawn to create an exclusive game.
What the game actually is will be under wraps for a while, and the current release date is 2019. But we can take some clues from the fact that Respawn created Titanfall and was founded by Call Of Duty overlords Jason West and Vince Zampella. Basically, you can expect shooting.
"There are so many cool parts to making a game in VR, but perhaps the most intense one is emotion," says game director Peter Hirschmann in a masterfully vague blog post.
"Game assets you’ve seen a hundred times on a monitor suddenly become real when you put the headset on," writes Hirschmann. "The sense of scale, the sense of presence, there’s nothing else like it. It’s the difference between using your mouse to rotate an object in an editor and walking around it in real life."
If you're interested but still not sure you want to invest in a headset, there was some other good news from Oculus Connect. The Rift bundle just got a price drop, and will now cost $399. Another standalone headset, the Oculus Go, will go on sale next year for $199.
For anyone thinking of investing in VR just for the new Respawn game, you should hold your virtual horses - there's bound to be newer versions of the headset by the time the game is released in 2019.