The latest addition to the long-running Call of Duty video game franchise is Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The series may have began as a realistic World War II shooter in 2003, but now in 2016 developer Infinity Ward is abandoning the bayonets and panzers for plasma cannons and space ships.
Infinite Warfare takes players to a not-too-distant future where they will be running and gunning with out-of-this world technology, gear, and weaponry. In the spirit of embracing the innovations of the future, Infinity Ward is also going to be providing players with access to a little bit of real-world futurism as well: Virtual Reality.
According to our on-the-ground sources at PAX West in Seattle, Activision — the parent company behind the Call of Duty IP — has announced that a VR enabled gameplay mode for Infinite Warfare will be made available to consumers as a piece of downloadable content (DLC).
This DLC is only confirmed to be available to customers that purchased their copy of Infinite Warfare on PlayStation 4. This seems to indicate that Call of Duty’s VR experience will only be playable on the upcoming PlayStation VR headset.
PS VR releases next month and will represent a likely paradigm shift in the immersive industry. Current market leaders such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift will be challenged by a cheaper piece of hardware that is able to run with a console that has been purchased by nearly 40 million people.
Those are hard numbers to compete with and they are going to get even harder if the PS VR continues to lock down high-profile exclusive content that leverages the already famous IP of its parent system.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the Call of Duty VR experience you won’t have long to wait. We will have a complete hands on going up today that will provide many more details. Stay tuned.