With less than two months to go until PlayStation VR launches, Sony has announced that they’ll be focusing on one VR game every week in the lead-up to October 13. First up is PlayStation VR Worlds from Sony London Studios, which packs in these five different VR experiences: The London Heist, Ocean Descent (formerly Into The Deep), VR Luge, Danger Ball, and Scavengers Odyssey.
Today, Lead Designer Simon Hermitage went in-depth on some of the features you might not be aware of in PlayStation VR Worlds. With The London Heist, you’ll find a mode for people less familiar with traditional gaming that adds laser sights to the guns and reduces damage done to you. “With this mode enabled, you can experience The London Heist as more of an interactive story and still get to the dramatic finale,” he says.
Also in The London Heist, there’s four shooting ranges where you can practice shooting shop mannequins, wooden shapes, and bouncing car tires before entering the story mode. Each shooting range has laser-sighted and unassisted versions, as well as leaderboards.
Along with leaderboards, here’s what you can expect from Dangerball and Luge:
Dangerball and Luge also have leaderboards to bring out your competitive side. Dangerball’s Score Attack is an endurance VR game where players must hit the highest scoring tiles and maintain combos to push for the high score. Here at the studio, the competition between QA and dev team scores has been fierce during development, so we can’t wait to see what gamers can do.
Dangerball also features Tournament and Quick Play modes where you can play against AI opponents with various special moves, such as power shots, swerve balls, and ball splitting.
Test your nerve in a VR Luge time trials, again with leaderboards for each course, and you’ll be able to refine your own performance by comparing it with the ghosts of other online players that appear on-track.
We also have a fiendishly difficult VR Luge Tour, where players must complete all four tracks consecutively within a difficult target time before they can post their time to the exclusive Champion’s leaderboard.
For Ocean Descent, you’ll find three different versions of the dive, starting from a gentle experience for VR newcomers and ending with a terrifying Shark Encounter. You’ll also find a “mysterious story” in the longest of the three dives.
Finally, Scavengers Odyssey puts you in an epic space adventure where you become an alien searching for a mysterious artifact. “As the name suggests, Scavengers Odyssey has an intriguing backstory to discover as you quest through bug-infested wreckage,” Hermitage explained. “Your agile Spidercraft means you can explore and discover the scattered Blackbox recordings and unearth details of what happened to these giant space wrecks.”
All five experiences in PlayStation VR Worlds come complete with a “challenge and Trophy system which will give you tricky gameplay targets to achieve, special actions to perform, and new places to visit.” There’s also a Platinum Trophy to unlock if you manage to complete every single challenge.
PlayStation VR Worlds releases alongside PlayStation VR on October 13.