After the positive reception that the Star Wars: Battlefront‘s X-wing VR mission received when it added PSVR support last year, you would have thought that the developers had caught on. It certainly looked like they did when mass media was almost convinced that Star Wars: Battlefront 2 will be getting VR support when it released later this year. Woe to those who held up hope, however, as Criterion – one of the developers of the game – decidedly and firmly said that Battlefront 2 will not have any VR support in a recent interview with Metro.
This comes as somewhat confusing news after the reception that the VR mission had received from fans and critics alike, and it would have seemed like a natural continuation to add another VR mission (or even partial to full VR support) to its follow-up. Especially since Criterion worked on the VR mission in the last game and is now developing the space combat (called Starfighter Assault) for its sequel.
In the interview, Criterion general manager, Matt Webster, told Metro that “There is no VR” and when asked why, after the success of the X-wing VR mission, he simply answered that “It’s taken enough effort to make that.” Which is sad news, really. Especially after Sony got everyone riled up back in May when they accidentally put a “Playstation VR” compatible badge on the image of the multiplayer FPS in a newsletter. Yes, they did later apologize for it, citing it as a mistake. But it did make everyone wonder if it had simply been Sony jumping the gun. Now that looks highly unlikely.
Sinking Into The Bottomless Void
Webster did go on to say that Criterion thinks VR is very important. Also that making the X-wing VR demo had a definite impact on the work they’re doing now. It’s a small consolation to be had in the wake of this sad news. However, not all is lost in the way of Star Wars for those who desperately want to see the franchise have its day in VR. Well at least for those willing to shell out the cash to go see the on-location Star Wars attractions from the Void that will be opening at Disneyland locations this holiday.
So if you’re one of those lucky enough to be able to travel to the locations when the attractions open, then don’t miss out on the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire launch at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California or at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida later this year. You can take a look at The Void’s website for more info.
As for Battlefront 2, we still highly recommend the game, even if it won’t have any VR support. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 launches on November 17th on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.