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Asgard’s Wrath, Half-Life: Alyx Lead Race For AIXR’s 2020 VR Awards




The finalists for the fourth international 2020 VR Awards have been announced, with Asgard’s Wrath, Half-Life: Alyx and more in contention for the coveted VR Game of the Year award.

The international VR Awards aim to gather some of the biggest names of the industry to celebrate and recognize some of their biggest achievements and milestones over the last year in the world of virtual reality.

This year, the show will move to a virtual format in light of COVID-19, and will be hosted entirely in VRChat on November 22. In previous years, the VR Awards hosted a big ceremony in London — you can view our summary of the 2019 awards here.

The 2020 finalists are as follows:

VR Social Influencer


Eric for President

Cas and Chary VR

Virtual Reality Oasis

Kent Bye

VR Game of the Year

Sanzaru Games – Asgard’s Wrath

Stress Level Zero – Boneworks

Cortopia Studios – Down the Rabbit Hole

Valve – Half-Life: Alyx

nDreams – Phantom: Covert Ops

Cloudhead Games – Pistol Whip

Insomniac Games – Stormland

Kluge Interactive – Synth Riders

Fast Travel Games – The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets

Fireproof Studios Ltd – The Room VR: A Dark Matter

Skydance Interactive – The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Schell Games – Until You Fall

VR Experience of the Year

Accenture – All Kinds of Limbo

Dimension – Britannia VR: Out of Your Mind

Magnopus – Elixir

Charlotte Mikkelborg – Fly

Funktronic Labs – Fujii

Force Field Entertainment – National Geographic Explore VR

Atlas V – The Dawn of Art

Tender Claws – The Under Presents

Zenart VR – Zen Universe

VR Film of the Year

Felix and Paul Studios – Algeria: A Spark of Light

Fabio Rychter & Amir Admoni – Gravity VR

Samantha Quick – Lutaw

Walt Disney Animation Studios – Myth: A Frozen Tale

Enrique Agudo – The Pantheon of Queer Mythology

VR Marketing of the Year

Khora – 360° VR Space Safari

Glassworks Barcelona – Audi e-tron Room: The Future Paradox

Imagination – Land Rover Defender VR Experience

ICEF – LONDONIST Student Accommodation Agency

EAB – This is USAFA

HIKKY CO., LTD. – Virtual Market 4

MALVI – VR Accommodation Experience

Rising VR Company of the Year

Cybershoes GmbH


Evernever Games

Klip VR Immersive Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

VR Inn

Innovative VR Company of the Year

Ballast Technologies

Cleanbox Technology

EVA Esports Virtual Arenas




Skydance Interactive


VR Education and Training of the Year

VirtualSpeech – Collaborative Soft Skills Training in VR


GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy International LTD – Large-Scale Multi-user Fuel Movement VR Training Simulator

ITI – ITI VR Construction Hazard ID

Make Real & Lloyds Banking Group – Relationship Management

TANTRUM Lab – McDonald’s Hospitality Training

MEL Science – MEL Chemistry VR

Accenture – Police Stop and Search VR Training

TAFE NSW – VR in Vocational Education & Training: Evaluating Effectiveness & Efficacy

VR Healthcare of the Year

FundamentalVR – Fundamental Surgery @HomeVR modality

Sector 5 Digital – Galderma Interactive Anatomy (GIA) VR

Health Scholars – Health Scholars ACLS VR Simulation Trainings

Make Real & NHS – Blood Identification VR

Oxford Medical Simulation – OMS: Interprofessional

PeriopSim – PeriopSim

Oxford VR – Social Engagement

Exonicus – Trauma Simulator

Out-of-home VR Entertainment of the Year

ILMxLAB & The VOID – Avengers: Damage Control

SOMNIACs – Birdly® – Paradise Lost

Ballast Technologies Inc. – DIVR+

Vertigo Arcades – Ghost Patrol VR


The VOID – Jumanji: Reverse the Curse

The Dream Corporation – OTHERWORLD

Frontgrid – ParadropVR™ City Flyer

Wevr – TheBlu: Deep Rescue

REWIND – Universal Monsters Presents: Bride of Frankenstein holoride

VR Social Impact Award

AARP Innovation Labs – Alcove


RT – Lessons of Auschwitz: VR tribute by school students

East City Films & Chartered Society of Physiotherapy – Some Inattention On The Left

VR Enterprise Solution of the Year

Neutral Digital – British Airways First Class VR

MEDIASQUAD GmbH – BRP-Rotax VR Job Assessment

Enduvo – Enduvo 1.0

Accenture – Immersive Collaboration Platform (ICP)

Vrgineers, Inc. – US Airforce Flight Simulator

Immerse – Virtual Enterprise Platform

What are you predictions for the big categories? Let us know in the comments.



Competition: Win Either Angry Birds VR or Acron: Attack of the Squirrels! for Oculus Quest




It’s coming up to the season of giving and what better way to start the celebrations early than with a competition where you can win some videogames. Today’s giveaway is a double bill, with Resolution Games’ Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs and Acron: Attack of the Squirrels! up for grabs.

Angry Birds VR

Rovio’s iconic Angry Birds franchise came to VR in 2019 with a selection of core levels which have been expanded upon over time. One of the major updates to the bird flinging experience was the addition of a level builder late last year, followed by online sharing to massively enhance the gameplay possibilities.

Acron: Attack of the Squirrels! on the other hand, is a purely multiplayer experience. One person is in VR controlling a tree trying to protect its golden acorns from a bunch of thieving squirrels. All the squirrels are controlled by players on mobile devices – via a free app – who are able to select characters with particular traits such as burrowing short distances underground. All making for a fast and entertaining party game.

Most recently, Resolution Games released a Halloween update for both titles, adding new levels as well as spooky themes to get into the spirit of the season as a lot of developers like to do.

Acron: Attack of the Squirrels

So onto the competition. VRFocus has got six codes to give away, three for Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs and three for Acron: Attack of the Squirrels, both for the Oculus Quest platform. There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway with the standard prize draw entry rules applying: Follow us (or already be following us) on Twitter or alternatively, visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel to get an entry for each. Winners will receive a single randomly drawn code. The competition will be open until 11.59 pm GMT on Monday 26th October 2020. The draw will be made shortly thereafter.

Win Angry Birds VR or Acron: Attack of the Squirrels!


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Beat Saber Multiplayer for PlayStation VR Arrives Early 2021




Last week to coincide with the launch of Oculus Quest 2, Beat Games launched the long-awaited multiplayer mode for Beat Saber across PC VR and the Quest platform. There was one notable absence, PlayStation VR support. Today, the studio has confirmed a delay until next year.

Beat Saber

Taking to Twitter the team said: “Dear PS VR players, we’re so sorry that multiplayer is still not available for PS4. Bringing MP to PS4 is a priority for us, but development is taking much longer than we’d expected. We’re trying to deliver multiplayer in January if everything goes to plan.”

Even with Beat Games’ acquisition by Facebook towards the end of 2019 the studio has continued to support all the platforms Beat Saber is available on. As can be quite often the case, porting content to PlayStation VR isn’t a simple or quick process hence why it launched so many months after the PC version.

The studio went onto say in subsequent tweets: “We will keep working on multiplayer for PS4 as fast as possible, along with exciting new music content on the way!,” responding to one disgruntled player: “We’re really sorry and totally understand your feelings, we want to release multiplayer asap, but the development is taking us longer than we expected. Please bear with us, we are doing our best.”

rocket league - beatsaber

Beat Saber has garnered a legion of fans thanks to its easily picked up gameplay and continually updated selection of tracks; the latest coming from rock band Linkin Park a couple of months back with a BTS music pack arriving in November.

The multiplayer mode allows up to five people to compete against one another, either in a private party with friends or taking part in a random match. The feature doesn’t support cross-platform gameplay – although the studio is looking into it – and there isn’t any built-in voice chat but the mode does support all the official base songs as well as those in DLC.

For further updates to Beat Saber including that PlayStation VR multiplayer date, keep reading VRFocus.


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The VR Game Launch Roundup: A Horrifyingly Tasty Selection




October hasn’t disappointed when it comes to virtual reality (VR) titles for most of the major headsets and with one week left to go there are more to look forward to. Naturally, with Halloween coming up, there are a couple of spooky titles as well as non-seasonal entries.


Flavortown – Last Hope of the Internet

The first of a six-episode series arrives next week in the form of comedic title Flavortown, where you become a meatball cop in a world entirely populated by living food. Your job is to infiltrate Flavortown’s underworld and clean up the streets, as well as enjoying all the other tasty treats the town has to offer.

AGOS: A Game of Space – Ubisoft

Ubisoft has made a few VR titles and continues to support the technology with interstellar simulator AGOS: A Game of Space. Mankind has abandoned Earth heading out among the stars to find a new home. Split between thousands of ships, you play the AI onboard one, tasked with keeping your cargo safe and well.

AGOS: A Game of Space

Groove Gunner – BitCutter Studios

VR fans love a good rhythm-action videogame and Groove Gunner will be the latest to join this energetic genre. With a demo already available, the gameplay is split between shooting targets as well as blocking incoming projectiles with arm-mounted light shields.

Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition – Bloober Team

Time for the big horror title of the week. Bloober Team is bringing its Blair Witch videogame to VR, with Oculus Quest being the first platform. Redesigned around VR interaction, you have your lovable companion Bullet by your side as you venture into the cheery forest…and, well you know the rest.

Blair Witch Oculus Quest

Horror Bar VR – VR Factory

Time for some light-hearted Halloween fun, from the team which brought you Bartender VR Simulator, comes Horror Bar VR. Released as an Early Access title, you’re the bartender in a zombie bar serving all-sorts of ghoulish drinks for the undead patrons, even rustling up the odd snack or two.


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