The long-reigning First Person Shooter franchise Call of Duty is releasing its new iteration, Infinite Warfare, in November. Before that on 2 September publisher Activision will be hosting Call of Duty XP, their annual fan event focused around the franchise. Aside from the usual glimpse of future content for purchase, Activision are also showing off a working tech demo of a VR Call of Duty experience.
Called Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare VR, Activision are describing the demo as an, “Immersive PlayStation VR Experience, where fans can feel what it’s like to pilot a Jackal, the personal fighter jet in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.” This means that it won’t be a full usual Call of Duty experience, but a segment lifted from the game itself.
If this is pushing you towards taking the plunge into adopting VR, unfortunately Activision have no current plans to release this experience for wide release. Instead, Activision have told Eurogamer that it is only meant to be part of the experience at Call of Duty XP, and will be a one-off event. Therefore the only consumers who will get the chance to use this VR experience are the ones going to Los Angeles to take part in the three day event.
That is not to say that Activision will never go down the road of VR in the future, it is just that Infinite Warfare will not be VR compatible. However, considering that CEO of Take-Two Strauss Zelnick has been quoted by Gamespot as saying that VR is, “Way too expensive right now,” and similar things have been said by the heads of Blizzard and EA, it will be a long time before AAA releases begin dabbling seriously in the Virtual Reality market. Until VR is heavily adopted and becomes a common sight in households around the world, designing games specifically for VR will be a risky proposition for most developers.