Criterion: ‘There Is No VR’ In Star Wars: Battlefront 2

by Jamie Feltham • September 14th, 2017

A few months ago it looked like VR support had been all but confirmed for DICE and Criterion Games’ Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Sadly, it’s now looking like there won’t be any integration after all.

Criterion’s Matt Webster and John Stanley confirmed as much in a recent interview with Metro. When asked if there would be any VR options in the game, Webster simply replied: “There is no VR.”

Stanley followed up by saying that VR was “very important” to Criterion, and Webster reaffirmed comments from CEO of publisher EA that VR will play a big part in gaming going forward, but they didn’t offer much hope for a surprise VR reveal before launch.

It’s a shame, as Criterion developed the excellent X-Wing VR mission for the original Battlefront, which arrived on PlayStation VR late last year, and is now developing the space combat for the sequel. It would seem like a natural fit to have a multiplayer dogfighting mode for PSVR owners at the very least.

Still, earlier in the year Webster did say that VR support for the game was “a story for another day” so there’s still a thin thread of hope that some sort of integration will find its way into the game eventually. Don’t forget Sony also stuck a PSVR banner on the game’s icon on the PlayStation Store, though this was apparently an accident. Battlefront 2 is releasing on November 17th on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and we’re still excited to play it even if it won’t be inside a headset.

We do still have some official Star Wars VR on the way, though, including an exciting new installation from The Void.

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  • GreasyMullet

    This is not the game we are looking for… move along move along. 🙁

  • drd7of14

    Well, this is disappointing. Unless they are just speaking towards the main game. I could see them doing a standalone VR game or VR DLC, rather than a free inclusion in the future. Just weird that they wouldn’t mention it would be coming if it were free DLC.

    More likely, they’ll be doing a spinoff $30-$40 VR dogfighting game. Like SWBF DogFighting VR…Or something like that.

  • Fear Monkey

    We really need a full game like the single mission they released for the last battlefront.

  • Graham

    Gutted. Was sure there would be some vr compatible missions. BF2 just seems a bit less shiny now……… 🙁

  • LoreII

    I would have bought battlefront jus for vr support, if no vr for me it’s meaningless purchase it

    • Gonzalo Novoa

      Exactly my thoughts, With VR it would be a day one buy for me, without it I have zero interest. I’m still hoping they will make the previous VR mission available for everyone who didn’t buy the first Battlefront game, though.

  • polysix

    There is also likely no gameplay.

    • Firestorm185

      There is also likely no star wars.

  • C. W. Chenery

    Lame. The Rogue One VR demo was extremely well received. Why on earth would they refuse to move forward with more content??? I was planning on getting it just for the VR aspect. This is a really disappointing announcement. Why is Criterion even on board then if there is no VR? Beginning to think that EA’s mission statement is to annoy as many fans as possible.

  • Jean-Sebastien Perron

    Lack of ambitions in developers today explain why they are doing the same thing over and over again since ps2 and xbox.

  • Gary Moran

    It’s not game over for VR in Battlefront II, but “if” it does come it will be an add-on

  • daveinpublic

    Not sure why the author keeps thinking ‘a story for another day’ literally means they have a story to publish later. He’s basically saying, that’ll have to wait. One day it’ll be mainstream enough to justify the man hours, but for now, they don’t have a story.

    I think the problem is, you can’t develop for VR by just tacking on a plugin, you’re doubling the workload on the computer with VR, and that’s why so many games are being adapted from years ago, not today.

  • GIBBS v2

    There may be no VR as a pack in or DLC but you gotta believe there is a stand alone VR experience in the works.

    I literally bought Battlefront a second time so I could do the VR mission.