GDC 2018: Burnout Developer To Talk Making Of Star Wars VR

by Jamie Feltham • February 28th, 2018

The 2018 Game Developers Conference is right around the corner and the VR and AR-focused talks for the year are piling up. One session that’s already caught our eye, though, is a retrospective on one of the best Star Wars VR experiences yet.

Kieran Crimmins and Mark Bridges from Burnout developer Criterion will be hosting a talk that details their work on the Star Wars Rogue One X-Wing VR Mission that launched as a free add-on to the original Star Wars: Battlefront on PSVR back in 2016. The short experience put players in the cockpit of an X-Wing and took them on an adventure that tied into the events of that spin-off Star Wars film. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s one of the best 10-minute demos you can try on your PSVR.

Crimmins and Bridges will detail what went into perfecting the experience during their talk, which is titled ‘Give Your Fans Tears of Joy: A ‘Star Wars VR’ Retrospective‘. Over the hour-long session they’ll also show you why you should “put common fantasies at the heart of your game development” and how to “embrace fun and experimentation to deliver something new in a complex AAA production”. Most promisingly, though, the pair will be using props and physical demonstrations to recount their time building the project.

It might also be tempting to sit in on the session just to hear if Criterion is doing anything new with VR right now. Star Wars: Battlefront II sadly came and went without any VR support but, given the developer’s pedigree with the Burnout and Need for Speed series we still have our fingers crossed something new is on the way.

The talk will be held on Tuesday, March 20th at 10am in the North Hall.

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  • Rothgarr

    I’d love to see a vehicular-based, mission-based, Star Wars-themed VR game. Missions like fly an X-wing through the trench to blow up the Death Star. Pilot an AT-AT as it crawls towards the rebel base on Hoth while snow speeders and stuff are trying to take you out. Participate in a pod race. Fly the Millenium Falcon through to the core of the Death Star II. Pilot an AT-ST and take out as many annoying Ewoks while avoiding log traps, etc. I think it would be fun to play both Rebel and Empire missions.

    • Tony

      That would basically be a VR version of Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. I’m sure it would sell like crazy; too bad EA lacks the imagination or interest to greenlight something like that.

      • Rothgarr

        Never played that — sounds like my kind of game!

  • Courtney A Jeff

    Using dolphin vr which is free you can play all the old star wars titles from gamecube and psp in vr.Praise Jesus!

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      Oooh! Can you play Super Mario Galaxy? Wii golf?????

      • Courtney A Jeff

        I don’t know the setup for wii and 64 but you can get some working but mostly all the gamecube.Praise Jesus!

    • Eddie Barsh

      Does this work on psvr or is it only on PC?

      • Courtney A Jeff

        Only on pc.No mods available or aftermarket and unsupported software other than pc.The positive is there is so much you can add and do with games beyond what the developers have made available but the negative is you may mess up your hard drive and crash the pc.

  • Ted Joseph

    I would love an “OrbusVr like” Star Wars MMO, but with a AAA backing to enhance graphics, gameplay, depth of game and character development, travelling to different planets, land and space combats, landing on space ships etc. I have been dreaming of a Star Wars MMO on consoles for years without success. Hopefully VR will be the first experience…

    • Rothgarr

      Have you ever played either Star Wars Galaxies or Old Republic MMOs? Not VR, but they were still fun.

      • drd7of14

        I really miss Galaxies…Such a different MMO before they all just became WoW.

    • laast

      I’m still playing SWTOR and it’s quite a good game if you are a Starwars fan and have friends to play with.

  • Irishrumjob

    I can’t get enough of this demo. I really want a full game like Rogue Squadron. Help us, Criterion, you’re our only hope.

  • chris c

    its more like 25 mins than 10 but I have to see being a PSVR and RIft owner it is still , Easily, the best VR experience I’ve had so far..certainly for a Star Wars fan anyway…still totally gutted it was just the one mission 🙁