Activision announces the Call of Duty VR game will be free for all PlayStation 4 owners, not just for those who purchase Infinite Warfare, as was previously announced.
Friday looks to be a big day for Call of Duty fans. With Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare launching along with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, there’s plenty for fans of the series to do. But that’s not all, at least for those planning to pick up PlayStation VR when it releases next week.
Activision announced some time ago that PlayStation 4 players who purchase Infinite Warfare would gain free access to Call of Duty’s VR experience, dubbed Jackal Assault. However, a new blog post reveals that Jackal Assault will be available to all PS4 owners, even those who don’t purchase Infinite Warfare.
Activision calls the move an “added bonus on November 4” for all PlayStation 4 owners, though gamers will need a PlayStation VR headset to access the game. That said, it’s a nice surprise that even those who aren’t planning to pick up Infinite Warfare will have a chance to play it. Who knows, there may be those few PlayStation VR owners who try Jackal Assault and purchase Infinite Warfare as a result.
Since the game was already planned as a freebie for Infinite Warfare purchasers, there’s really no reason for Activision to hold it back from the rest of the PlayStation VR player base. Chances are the game isn’t very long, and will likely give Activision a greater pool of players to gain feedback from, allowing the company to make better VR gamers in the future.
Jackal Assault was first announced back in September during the Call of Duty XP event. Activision says the game “immerses you in the cockpit of a Jackal, the personal, multi-role fighter jet” from the upcoming Infinite Warfare. Jackal Assault will be one of a handful of games launching alongside the PlayStation VR release this month.
With the holiday buying season coming up, and competition between Sony and Microsoft as strong as it’s ever been, it seems to be in Sony’s best interest to offer as many VR experiences for PlayStation VR owners as possible. While Microsoft has announced a VR headset coming in the future, it won’t make it out in time for the holiday season and hasn't yet been confirmed for Xbox, so Sony has to capitalize on the current opportunity to capture as many VR-interested gamers as possible. With the Microsoft Project Scorpio releasing next holiday season, Sony’s window of opportunity to hog VR sales in the market is small.
What do you think about Jackal Assault becoming free for all PS4 owners? Are you planning to try the game?
Jackal Assault releases for PlayStation 4 on November 4, 2016 alongside Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, which will both release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.