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Activision seems to want to throw everything and the kitchen sink at the wall for the upcoming Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The game hasn't been received well at all by the general public since its announcement, but they seem to want to turn things around with the special VR game for the PSVR.
That's right, the official Call of Duty Twitter account has announced that there will be a free bundled-in Call of Duty VR experience set to arrive with the launch of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for the PS4 and the PlayStation VR headset this November.
They don't specify if the shooter will be on rails or if players will be able to freely fly the ship as they see fit. Many VR titles are on rails as a way to limit motion sickness and prevent players from losing their lunch while playing.
If you want to play the Call of Duty: Jackal Assault you will need the PlayStation VR headset. The add-on game won't work without it. They also don't specify if you will need a PlayStation Move controller (or two) to play the Jackal Assault or if you can just stick with a DualShock 4 to get things done. They'll likely reveal more information about the VR add-on in the coming weeks leading up to the release of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
For those of you wondering why the full game isn't made for VR, it's likely due to the limitations of the PS4's hardware. Many of the upcoming VR titles for the PSVR are small slices of larger games or boxed experiences where players are limited to small arenas or segments to prevent overloading the console. The upcoming Batman: Arkham VR game is the same way, where it limits players to small scenarios involving Batman and other characters where players will utilize Batman's detective skills instead of flying or driving around Gotham like in Arkham City or Arkham Knight.
In the case of Call of Duty... it's a complete toss-up if the VR add-on game will help lure in more gamers or if people will dismiss this year's entry altogether in favor of other sci-fi shooters like Titanfall 2 or the World War I shooter, Battlefield 1. Activision seems to be hedging their bets on gamers picking up Call of Duty for one reason or another; if not for Infinite Warfare maybe they're getting it for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, and if not for the remastered edition of Modern Warfare maybe the VR themed Call of Duty: Jackal Assault might lure them instead. They seem to have one contingency after another in hopes of maintaining a strong sales showing this fall.
Call of Duty: Jackal Assault will be bundled into Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and will be available starting November 4th.