The PlayStation VR’s holiday lineup has all but vanished with the recent news that developer Supermassive’s The Inpatient and Bravo Team have been delayed. Announced via Twitter, both PSVR exclusive titles are now set for 2018.
Both games were eagerly anticipated by owners of Sony’s Virtual Reality system acting as the platform’s flagships into the holiday season. Both are developed by Supermassive Games, a studio that became a fan favourite with 2015’s Until Dawn. The Inpatient is actually set within the same universe as the slasher adventure with players exploring a still operational Blackwood Sanatorium.
While delays are not uncommon, the news of The Inpatient’s delay comes just 10 days shy of the intended release date of November 21st. The new release date is set for January 23rd next year. Bravo Team, a cover based shooter, was slated for December 5th but has been pushed back to March 6th.
In the tweet announcing the delay, Sony stated that the decision was made “to ensure the dev teams have the time they need to make these games as enjoyable for players as possible.”
PlayStation VR released in October last year and has yet to find its footing. Despite some very strong sales, the new piece of hardware has struggled to make a lasting impact. The biggest issue comes from the lack of that one “killer app” to make the platform a must own. The Inpatient was one of the big games of the system and one of the only PSVR exclusive games set to launch soon. With it now being delayed to next year, it misses the crucial holiday buying season.
With The Inpatient and Bravo Team set for 2018, the only notable release for the PSVR to round off 2017 are ports. Bethesda is set to release Skyrim VR this Friday on November 17th while Doom VFR is releasing December 1st. Supermassive did recently release Hidden Agenda as part of Sony’s Play Link initiative for more social gaming.