Oculus VR Hires Former THQ President, Playable Oculus Games Announced for E3
Oculus VR has announced a hiring of Naughty proportions as it showcases four playable titles on the E3 showroom floor with its remarkable virtual reality headset.
Jason Rubin, co-founder of Naughty Dog and former THQ president, has just been announced as the head of worldwide studios at Oculus VR. The company says that Rubin will be in charge of Oculus VR’s first-party content initiatives in Menlo Park, Dallas, Irvine, San Francisco and Seattle. Rubin is known for his work on the Jak & Daxter and Crash Bandicoot series at Naughty Dog, which helped put the original PlayStation console on the map.
“After decades of game innovation on traditional screens, the longtime dream of true presence inside a virtual world is finally here,” Rubin said. “Virtual reality requires an entirely different approach; from systems and protocols to game design and storytelling, everything is being reimagined from the ground up to deliver experiences that are entirely new and magical.”
Oculus VR is also proud to present four completely different titles for fans to try out on the E3 2014 showroom floor. Superhot is a minimalist, first-person shooter with time-slowing effects. In particular, time only moves when your character is in motion, making you carefully calculate each step you take in a gunfight. Lucky’s Tale is one of the first Oculus Rift titles that isn’t focused on a first-person perspective. Instead, this playful game is actually a charming platformer filled with some unique twists using the Rift’s technology.
EVE: Valkyrie is CCP’s beautiful, space-dogfighting shooter that was a runner-up for the Game of Show award at E3 2013 and marks one of the first Oculus Rift titles to run on Unreal Engine 4.
Finally, we have Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation. While most of the focus on Alien: Isolation has been on its console counterparts, we’re very glad to see it playable on the Oculus Rift, making it the premier way to experience first-person fear.