A new Star Wars Battlefront VR Experience is coming to the highly anticipated PlayStation VR, an exclusive game being developed by DICE, EA, and Lucasfilm.
For those who’ve played Star Wars Battlefront‘s Flight Squadron mode and wished they could really feel what it would be like get into the cockpit of an X-Wing, the chance might be coming in the near future. At GDC during the PlayStation VR keynote, a new Star Wars: Battlefront VR Experience was announced, coming exclusively to PSVR.
The announcement capped off the conference led by Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment:
“We at PlayStation are thrilled to be partnering with our friends EA and LucasFilm to create something all new for PlayStation VR. This will be a Star Wars Battlefront gaming experience like nothing else; coming only to PlayStation VR from the talented team at DICE, where players can transport themselves to a galaxy far far way.”
This is not the same game as Star Wars: Trials of Tatooine, a separate “Cinematic Experience” as it is being called, which is in development with Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic for the HTC Vive VR hardware.
No more details were given, but PlayStation tweeted out the news soon afterward as well:
Star Wars Battlefront experience coming only to PlayStation VR -- more news to come in the months ahead— PlayStation (@PlayStation) March 15, 2016
It’s unclear whether this VR experience will be taking the existing Star Wars Battlefront game and adding a VR element to it, reworking much of the game for VR, or if it will be adding fresh content.
Also up in the air is whether the game will ever make its way to the Oculus Rift of Vive. Neither PlayStation nor EA have specified whether the exclusivity is only for a period of time or indefinite. It appears this is a very early announcement for the game, so fans will have to wait for details to come in the months ahead.
As for Star Wars Battlefront currently, DICE continues to put out new DLC and content, with the next Outer Rim DLC arriving in just a few weeks. And while there are some hints from EA’s latest earnings call that the next entry in the Battlefront series could jump ahead to the time period of The Force Awakens, the VR Experience appears to be very much tied to the current game and time period.
Adding a VR Experience to Star Wars Battlefront seems like a perfect fit, especially since it was noted for its beautiful graphics, compelling game modes, and exciting action. However, many people seem to have fallen off of the game, moving onto playing other multiplayer titles. But perhaps the new VR project will not only help sell PSVR but also bring people back to the Battlefront franchise.
PlayStation VR was announced at the same GDC keynote. The VR headset will launch in October 2016 and will retail in the US for $399.
Will a Star Wars Battlefront VR Experience help sway you to choose PlayStation VR over the other VR hardware coming this year? Let us know in the comments below.