The National Football League is stepping into virtual reality with the announcement of a new official VR game. It will be developed in collaboration with sports technology company StatusPro, which uses player data for an AR training tool already used by NFL teams. The plan is for the game to become an annual series, like EA’s madden series.
There aren’t many details about the game itself, including what it will be called or when it will be available. The NFL’s press release describes it as a first-person simulation game title that will be released on Meta Quest and PlayStation VR. (No word on whether that means PSVR2.)
There are already other VR football games available like the cartoony 2MD: VR Football Unleashed and a licensed title with Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs’ star quarterback, but it sounds like the NFL’s focus will be on authenticity for the new project. “We are seeing a growing number of fans engaged in VR and we are excited to launch the first-ever VR game title that complements our existing offerings in today’s market,” said Joe Ruggiero, the league’s SVP of Consumer Products, in a statement. .
StatusPro was co-founded by Andrew Hawkins and former college quarterback Troy Jones, former Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. The company has made high-profile investments from the likes of LeBron James, Naomi Osaka and Drake.
“We are grateful to the NFL and our community of investors and stakeholders who share our vision to create a whole new standard in sports and gaming,” Hawkins said in a statement. “We keep the athlete at the forefront of everything we do, and as former soccer players it means even more to be able to recreate what it actually feels like to get out on the field. Our patented technology at StatusPro allows us to deliver an immersive experience that is NFL-based. fans to transform into professional athletes.”