The NFL has announced a VR football game set to release each year for Meta Quest and PlayStation VR.
The annual franchise is being made in partnership with StatusPRO, a sports technology company whose virtual and augmented reality products are used by actual NFL teams.
Unlike current football VR games such as 2MD: VR Football and The Patrick Mahomes Experience, which are more arcade than simulation, this new, fully licensed game promises a realistic experience that makes players feel like a professional NFL player.
Troy Jones, co-founder and CEO of StatusPRO said: “By partnering with the NFL, we will offer a new form of engagement between athletes and fans unlike anything in the marketplace. NFL football fans and gamers alike will be able to connect with the world of sports through authentic, immersive gaming products that democratize the experience of the professional athlete.”
StatusPRO’s other co-founder and president, Andrew “Hawk” Hawkins, added: “We keep the athlete first in everything we do, and as former football players it means even more to be able to recreate what it actually feels like to step out on the field. Through our proprietary technology at StatusPRO, we can deliver an immersive experience that helps NFL fans transform into pro athletes.”
No release date or gameplay was revealed with the announcement, but considering that the NFL and StatusPRO didn’t even real the game’s name, it is likely a long way away.
Sony recently revealed what the PlayStation VR2 looks like, saying it was designed to make users almost forget they’re using a headset. The Meta Quest, on the other hand, is likely better known by its previous title, the Oculus Quest, though its name was changed when Facebook initiated its rebrand last October.
The NFL and StatusPRO said this new VR game would compliment the current NFL experiences available on the market, such as EA’s Madden NFL franchise.
In our review of the latest iteration, IGN said: “Madden NFL 22 takes a small and unimpressive first step into the Xbox Series X and PS5 generation, with even its better new ideas hobbled by poor execution.”
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.