Earlier in the year UK-based developer Rebellion announced Battlezone, a reboot of the classic tank battling videogame that was on its way to the PlayStation VR virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) on PlayStation 4. Since that reveal Rebellion has faced the same question that every developer with a title for just one HMD has faced: will it come to other VR devices? The company has answered that question in part today, confirming that Battlezone is on its way to the Oculus Rift HMD on PC.
The news was confirmed at the Oculus Connect 2 developer conference in Hollywood, California. Oculus VR’s Nate Mitchell mentioned the title itself alongside a number of other VR videogames. It’s not yet confirmed if the videogame could also arrive on the other major upcoming PC-based VR HMD, the HTC Vive.
Battlezone sees players take control of an immensely powerful tank, fighting to save mankind. The title boasts a striking neon art style that pays homage to the 1980 original.
“The Battlezone arcade machine was an inspiration not just for my brother and me, but for a whole generation of developers,” the developer’s Jason Kingsley said of the news. “When Facebook kicked off their VR segment of the F8 conference, the original 1980 Battlezone was the game they opened with – it’s that important in gaming history.
“We’ve come a huge way since then, but the development community needs to work together to help make VR a success, and Oculus are definitely playing their part. The technology, the hardware, it’s finally all there – and make no mistake it’s game experiences that are going to take VR headsets to the mainstream, not film or TV,” Kinglsey concluded.
VRFocus will continue to follow Battlezone closely, reporting back with any further updates on the title.