On 25 March 2019, PlayStation released the announcement trailer for Marvel’s Iron Man VR, with an initial release put in place for 28 February 2020.
That Iron Man VR release date was nudged back to 15 May because the team needed some more time to finalise the highly-anticipated title.
Then, in a triple-whammy for PlayStation 4 players, The Last of Us Part II and Iron Man VR – both due in May – were postponed, with the eventual new release date for The Last of Us Part II subsequently nudging Ghost of Tsushima back weeks.
Now, Sony have finally revealed the new launch of their upcoming PSVR game, with the Marvel’s Iron Man VR release date now set for 3 July.
New Marvel’s Iron Man VR release date: 3 July
Covid-19 has uprooted entertainment industries all over the world, with even Sony not being able to evade its impact.
Iron Man VR and The Last of Us Part II were postponed earlier this year due to the pandemic.
However, thanks to efforts in several of the worst affected areas to practice social distancing and wait-out the virus, the two games managed to avoid a prolonged spell in the ‘delayed indefinitely’ bucket.
For Marvel fans, not only has the next slate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe been prodded back a slot, with Black Widow now releasing on 6 November, but upcoming games have also been delayed.
Marvel’s Avengers, from Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix, was sent back from a 15 May launch to 4 September, with Cyberpunk 2077 and Dying Light 2 following suit in January.
The 3 July Iron Man VR release date isn’t too far away, though, and gives those eyeing up the PSVR system some time to save up so that they can finally suit-up as Iron Man.
Iron Man VR could open PlayStation VR to the mainstream
As is the case with the absolute premium product in VR, the Valve Index, the PlayStation VR has been waiting for a top-class, mainstream flagship game.
Valve Index VR gets their flagship game with Half-Life: Alyx, while PSVR will have Marvel’s Iron Man VR.
That’s not to say that there isn’t a vast range of exciting games, fun experiences, free titles, and immersive ways to play older releases through PSVR already, but there isn’t that big selling-point.
Still sitting at around £300 for the starter set with games, the PSVR certainly isn’t cheap. So, to increase its appeal to the mainstream, Sony should go big on selling Marvel’s Iron Man VR.
The character already boasts millions of fans all over the world, becoming more and more popular with the general public as the MCU progressed.
On 3 July, anyone can pick up the mantle of Iron Man – a line that Sony should emphasise.
If the gameplay footage stays true to what we’ve been shown and there’s a good amount of story to play through, it could be huge for PSVR – which has already exceeded Sony’s expectations with over 5 million units sold.
However, this isn’t necessarily about selling this PSVR; it’s about growing the audience of the still niche form of gaming ready for an almost inevitable evolution of PSVR.
Through the PSVR system, you can play as Tony Stark and take on stealth operative Ghost when the Marvel’s Iron Man VR release date arrives on 3 July.