New Battlezone VR trailer shows off explosive single player campaign

How Rebellion is designing a VR game you’ll want to play again and again

So who’s sitting with baited breath eagerly awaiting PlayStation’s VR event tomorrow? I know we are! From the reveal of Project Morpheus to the unveiling of PlayStation VR, we feel like virtual reality has been in the news for a while (we announced Battlezone nearly 10 months ago – I can’t believe it!), but only now are players starting to see what kind of complete game experiences they’ll be getting in virtual reality.

And now it’s Battlezone’s turn to show what it’s made of!

We’ve chatted about it a little before on PlayStation Blog, but it’s probably worth repeating that YES, there’s a sizeable single player campaign at the heart of the Battlezone, but there’s also something a little bit different going on underneath …

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Today we’re showing off a new campaign trailer that gives you lovely sweeping views of some new levels we’ve been working on, including a stunning night-time arena, glowing industrial environments, windswept ice wastes, and a heavily updated version of the “neon” level seen in the game’s original teaser.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the completely redesigned cockpit packed with cool new details and panels!

As a player, you’ll experience explosive vehicle tank combat across all these different environments – and more – but what’s most exciting is that once you’ve completed the campaign, your next playthrough will be very different.

The campaign map where you pick missions is structured across a series of interlocking “hexes” (for all those older British readers, think “Blockbuster”!) that need to be completed to progress to the finale, and it’s up to you to forge a path through the campaign of your own choosing.

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However, if you restart the campaign at any time, the hex map is re-generated procedurally, and dozens of environments, levels and mission types are blended together in a different combination. So each hex is now completely different from what it was before!

With each playthrough you’ll unlock more of the complete arsenal, increasing the pool of weapons and special equipment you’ll be offered as you progress.

This means that no two campaign playthroughs will be ever be the same as maps, missions and the weapons at your command change radically with each attempt.

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Obviously we’re hoping that Battlezone will be one of the first PlayStation VR games players buy, but we’re also designing it to be the one you return to time and time again … once VR has taken over the world of course!

Anyway, that’s probably enough from me – look out for more Battlezone news and previews all this week from GDC!

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This game reminds me of assault rigs from the saturn and psone similar gameplay and graphical look to it which I enjoyed at the time.

Will tomorrows PSVR event have a live stream?

As an avid fan of the original arcade game back when I was a wee lad, I can’t wait to have a proper bash on this :-D

cuznerdexter 15 March, 2016 @ 10:44
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The oldies are always the greatest, this looks like a great remake.

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Looks awesome. Can’t wait to play this, RIGS and EVE: Valkyrie. Great times ahead!

Older British readers indeed … I’ll have a ‘P’ please Bob.

I’d discounted this as another Multiplayer only title and not something that would interest me, but the news that this will have a good length single player experience has put this back on my radar. I’ll be keeping an eye on this one.

Inherentdragon 14 March, 2016 @ 19:22
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Have not really taken an interest in the ps vr because honestly I think it will go the way of the ps vita and move etc but out of all the games I have seen for it this is the one game I would get first!

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So with both Valve with the HTC Vive and Facebook with the Oculus, you think it’s really gonna flop?

VR is the next generation of gaming. It’s clear that it’s here to stay.

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It’s not clear at all.

All it is at the moment is expense and hype. Little substance.

Pointless getting excited about any games until the release date and price announcement of PSVR.

CluckNuggets 14 March, 2016 @ 19:32
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They remade Namco’s Cyber Sled and put helicopter drones in. It doesn’t look fun enough without dual joystick controls.

CluckNuggets 14 March, 2016 @ 19:43
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I can see the simplicity in the games being offered due to the lack of processing power. These games remind me of The Lawnmower Man. The CGI in that movie vs Virtual Reality are really not very far apart graphically.

All of these developers are showing off tank games and stuff but this is Virtual Reality, where’s the reality?

Awesome

OH WE HAVE A CONTENDER.

cuznerdexter 15 March, 2016 @ 10:43
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This game looks fantastic! I am looking forward to this for sure :)

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