Metro 2033 dev's next game is an Oculus Touch title called ARKTIKA.1

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Metro 2033 dev's next game is an Oculus Touch title called ARKTIKA.1

Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light developer 4A Games will release a new title called ARKTIKA.1 for Oculus Touch, head of content Jason Rubin announced today during Oculus Connect.

Along with the announcement came a brief look at the game, a first-person shooter set in Russia with "a new vision of the apocalypse." In the trailer shown onstage, an unknown narrator explained that humanity has been "punished by an endless winter for a generation," with no foreseeable end. The trailer moves through shots of rubble and bloody destruction; it features the Oculus Touch's signature disembodied hand as the player blasts their way through enemies at a fast pace. Monsters appear mostly humanoid and vicious.

"For you this is a job," the narrator said. "For us, it is hope of another chance."

Oculus Touch controllers launch this December for $199

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Oculus Touch controllers launch this December for $199

Room-scale VR is also coming to Oculus Rift

Oculus has announced that its virtual reality Touch controllers will be released on Dec. 6 for $199. The bundle will come with VR Sports Challenge and The Unspoken.

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe also described the ease with which developers can add Touch and haptic support for their games, and a new Guardian system that will keep users within the space that is tracked.

Outlast 2 demo creeps into your living room for the Halloween season

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Outlast 2 demo creeps into your living room for the Halloween season

Limited-time demo gives players a taste of fear and loathing in the Arizona desert

Montreal-based studio Red Barrels has released a demo for their upcoming horror game Outlast 2. The demo is available on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One until Nov. 1.

The sequel to 2013's Outlast leaves behind the claustrophobic halls of the original, forcing the player to fight for survival in cornfields, cabins and an abandoned Catholic school. The first-person thriller eschews the government conspiracies of the original in favor of religious horror and rural isolation.

Oculus shows short demo of standalone VR headset with motion tracking

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Oculus shows short demo of standalone VR headset with motion tracking

The VR platform is about to change in a big way

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Oculus Connect today, where he discussed hardware he calls a middle ground between mobile VR and VR that’s attached to the PC. He showed a standalone VR platform that doesn’t need to attach to anything and includes inside-out tracking, where the sensors are placed on the hardware and the markers that allow the tracking are placed on the environment.

Oculus showed off hardware that’s completely standalone, with positional tracking, but Zuckerberg warned that it was very early and they only have a prototype that they can show. The quick demo they showed onstage was impressive, but Zuckerberg offered no release date or even an approximation of when this sort of hardware would be released. It’s unclear exactly how the positional tracking was achieved.

Facebook CEO shows off social app to meet people in VR

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Facebook CEO shows off social app to meet people in VR

Welcome to the future

Today at Oculus Connect, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave a live demo of a social application that allows you to interact with other people live in virtual reality. It’s a software platform that “puts people first.” You can make eye contact with other avatars, and things like facial expressions are handled via software.

Zuckerberg also showed off the ability to teleport the people involved in the virtual chat to other locations, such as underwater with sharks or even to the surface of Mars. Users can also bring up a menu of locations and teleport to different places, and Zuckerberg traveled to his office at Facebook through VR.

PlayStation VR’s launch line-up runs long

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PlayStation VR’s launch line-up runs long

Sony says it can and will change up until Oct. 13

The retail PlayStation VR unit is already out in the wild, including with our reviews team here at Polygon. We’ve already touched on just how comfortable the device is to wear, and we’re beginning to dig in on a selection of titles. Now, Sony is sharing the full list of games that will be available at launch on the official PlayStation blog.

PSVR will be commercially available on Oct. 13, and the list of launch titles now runs 30 games long. Sony is quick to add caution though, stating that this is how the launch line up "currently stands" and promising to update it with "any major shifts" that occur leading up to release.

Psychonauts 2 will get all the money its investors pledged

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Psychonauts 2 will get all the money its investors pledged

How an extended SEC review has challenged Fig to adapt

Psychonauts 2 is the first crowdfunded game project to offer equity investment to everyone, not just the rich. Its campaign, run through the Fig crowdfunding platform, concluded in January of this year with nearly $3.83 million raised. But neither Fig nor developer Double Fine Productions has been able to collect a portion of those investment dollars — specifically, money from non-accredited investors — because of an ongoing review by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. That process ended last week, and today non-accredited investors are being asked to pay for the shares they reserved.

But even if Fig and Double Fine can reach those many hundreds, perhaps thousands of investors who reserved the right to purchase shares in the project, those individuals are under no obligation to actually pay up.

TwitchCon diversity panel deluged with racist chat

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TwitchCon diversity panel deluged with racist chat

African-American streamers react to hate and abuse

A streamed panel addressing diversity at TwitchCon last weekend was attacked by racism in its chat, with insults and slurs hurdled at the speakers, all of whom were African-American.

Diversify Twitch (you can watch the panel in this stream from the 54 minute mark) was a discussion about harassment, racism and under-representation of people of color on Twitch. The speakers included professional Hearthstone player Terrance Miller, who was the subject of racist abuse during the DreamHack Austin finals in May.

Snow’s PC beta coming to PS4, but it isn’t free-to-play

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Snow’s PC beta coming to PS4, but it isn’t free-to-play

Head to the mountain

The beta of Snow, the winter sports game from Swedish indie studio Poppermost Productions, is coming Oct. 18 to PlayStation 4, the studio announced today.

Snow’s PS4 beta will include the three modes of play that are currently available on PC: the ability to ski, go snowboarding and ride snowmobiles in an open-world winter playground. However, unlike the PC version, which has been free-to-play since it went into a closed beta in March 2015, the PS4 beta will cost $19.99 as a "Founder's Pack." A purchase of the Founder's Pack comes with more than $30 worth of customizable in-game gear.