It’s just a few weeks now until the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in theaters on December 15th, but the anticipated tie-in VR experience from DICE is even closer than that.
Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission, as the piece is rather clumsily called, will be releasing on PlayStation VR on December 6th, according to a new blog from publisher EA. It will be free to anyone that owns a PlayStation 4 copy of last year’s Star Wars: Battlefront, which you can currently pick up for around $15 – $20 at online retailers, though the jury’s still out on if the experience alone will be worth that price. We’ve reached out to EA to ask if there might be any way for those that don’t own the game to see the experience.
As the name suggests, Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission puts you in the cockpit of the iconic spacecraft for the first time in VR (officially, at least). You’ll undergo an “important mission” for the Rebellion, heading into battle. From the looks of concept art, the piece will feature the new U-Wing ship, seen in the upcoming movie. There are no lightsabers or laser battles here; fans looking for that will have to check out Trials on Tatooine, another free experience from ILMxLAB available on the HTC Vive.
It’s looking like it will be another short experience, similar to the Call of Duty Infinite Warfare: Jackal Assault VR piece that launched on PS VR for free a few weeks back. Hopefully we won’t be left underwhelmed by this one, though. More Rogue One-themed content will also be launching for Star Wars: Battlefront on the same day.
This isn’t all that’s going on in the world of Star Wars and VR right now. Also recently revealed was Rogue One: Recon, a short 360 degree movie, again telling the story of an X-Wing pilot, produced by ILMxLAB. The studio is also working on a fully VR interactive experience, telling a story starring iconic Star Wars villain, Darth Vader.