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Battlezone will launch first on PlayStation VR

Rebellion’s epic tank battler shows off new gameplay during Paris Games Week

It may seem silly to say this after 23 years in the games industry, but it still surprises me just how much can happen in four months! The last time PlayStation Blog invited me to write we’d just announced Battlezone at E3 in June, showing off a very tiny, very early slice of the game to select press.

Come the summer, Battlezone has been put through its paces by the gaming public at events across America, Europe and the Middle East!

And today marks another landmark. During PlayStation’s Paris Games Week media briefing it was announced that Battlezone is going to be a launch exclusive for PlayStation VR, and we’ve released a thumping new gameplay trailer and some beautiful new screenshots to celebrate!

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The first thing you’ll notice is that the footage shows off some stunning new environments, from sleek cities to lava-scarred industrial wastelands and sub-zero frozen wastes, all translated into Battlezone’s trademark retro-futuristic visuals.

We’ve got some amazing tech powering these huge levels (something we’ll talk a little about that in the future hopefully) but for now what I can tell you is the aim is to use VR to make each environment feel as awe-inspiring and monumental as possible from the cockpit of your tank.

Look more closely at the trailer and a few more details start to emerge as well, including new enemy tank variants, new artillery weapons, and some striking new power-ups that allow the player to deploy special area of effect attacks, boosts and other modifiers.

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We’re still very much at the experimental stage so most of these abilities don’t even have official names yet, but we want to deliver a blend of fast, intense arcade vehicle combat with more tactical, customisable elements and really exploit the amazing battlefield awareness and sensations that VR provides.

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Paris Games Week make sure you head to the PlayStation VR stand and give Battlezone a try. For those of you who may have already played it, we’ve worked closely with PlayStation’s tech team over the last few weeks on some important techniques so the virtual reality experience will be even smoother, even for those not yet accustomed to VR.

Of course, if you’ve played Battlezone at a recent event feel free to get in touch with me @RebellionJason or @Rebellion on twitter and let us know what you think of the game!

We can’t wait to release Battlezone alongside PlayStation VR next year, it’ll be a huge moment for gaming, and we hope you’ll join us for the ride.

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‘Looks awful to me. Definitely not a reason to purchase PlayStation VR.

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I’ve already played it, so I KNOW it’s not awful at all. On the contrary, the game is a lot of fun to play. :)

Carnivius_Prime 29 October, 2015 @ 09:42
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I like the graphic style here a lot. Nice meld of retro and modern tech. Certainly more visually interesting than any Call of Duty anyways.

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Who cares what it looks like? It’s gameplay that counts, surely?

Carnivius_Prime 28 October, 2015 @ 16:15
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Will it just be for PSVR or can I play it without? I can’t use virtual reality stuff cos I find the headsets really uncomfortable and claustrophobic and feel a bit ill (like I did trying an Oculus Rift recently). Played the original arcade game a lot and the similar home game Tankbusters on my old Amstrad CPC. :P

DragonxTortoise 28 October, 2015 @ 20:20
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I feel the same to be honest. I have a feeling I will get motion sickness or something.

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I remember playing the original Battlezone when I was a child. When I’d think about what the future of gaming might look like back then, the images in my head probably married up fairly closely to this new version. What an amazing experience it will be to see those fantasies realised.

I was really thinking about Assault rigs when I watched this. Anyone remembering that game for ps1?

hopefully it wont be released on the ps4 looks awfull

I wonder how Sony will make trying the PS.VR prior to purchase viable?

I mean, I’m interested in PS.VR but have to try it out for a more than 5 min period. I get nausea from reading in a moving car or even looking down at the phone for extended periods. So before dropping some serious cash, I really want to be assured I can use it.

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