Many will have fond memories of the Atari videogame, Battlezone, which appeared in both arcades and on the Atari 2600 in the early 1980’s. The tank combat experience is cherished by millions, and it’s about to return with the help of virtual reality (VR) technology. UK-based independent developer Rebellion has today announced a reboot of Battlezone running on the PlayStation 4’s Project Morpheus VR head-mounted display (HMD). The reveal was made during E3 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
The reboot currently retains the same name as the original, though this is only a working title for now. It’s set to be on display on the E3 show floor from 16th – 18th June. Developed using Rebellion’s own Asura engine, the title delivers first-person tank-based combat in neon environments. Gameplay is set to mix arcade warfare with a deeper, more tactical challenge. The first trailer can be seen below, showcasing the title’s futuristic visuals and gameplay.
“When the original Battlezone came out in 1980 – long before we were developing games – Chris and I were among the many who made up its loyal arcade following,” said Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley. “When we acquired the Battlezone rights two years ago we almost had to pinch ourselves! It really was a dream come true, so it’s our aim to deliver the same revolutionary thrill of the original for a whole new generation. We want to use VR to truly capture the imagination of today’s gamers, just as the original Battlezone captured ours.”
The title is also coming to PC, though it’s not yet confirmed which HMDs it might support on this platform. VRFocus will continue to follow Battlezone closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.