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Eve: Valkyrie update drops the VR requirement

Warzone expansion coming for free in September

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CCP Games will release an update for Eve: Valkyrie in September that it describes as a “complete overhaul” for the first-person spaceship shooter. In addition to new maps and new weapons and abilities for ships, Eve: Valkyrie’s Warzone expansion will make the game accessible to a wider audience: No longer will the game require a VR headset to play.

“PS4 and PS VR gamers will be able to fly and fight alongside each other in EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone, both in and out of virtual reality,” CCP Games lead game designer Andrew Willans wrote on the PlayStation Blog.

On the Eve: Valkyrie website, CCP confirmed that the Warzone expansion is coming to the Windows PC version as well on Sept. 26. Eve: Valkyrie — Warzone will be a free update for existing owners of the game. CCP is also lowering the game’s price, from $39.99 to $29.99.

Warzone will introduce a handful of gameplay changes to Eve: Valkyrie, according to CCP.

“Each ship within a class will have a more distinctive role to play in battle and all ships will be available from the first time a pilot enters the Clone Vat,” Willans said. “This new, open hangar will allow pilots to experiment and find the ships that best fit their playstyle within a few matches.”

The expansion will also add new weapons and abilities, “including powerful ship-specific Ultra abilities that, when timed correctly, can turn the course of battle.” A new modular progression system will also add new ship modifications with “unique abilities and meaningful upgrade paths.”

Additionally, a new Extraction mode, described as “capture the flag in outer space” will be included in Warzone, as will two new maps: Fleet and Outpost.

More details on Warzone are available in the PlayStation Blog post. CCP also explained how the expansion is affecting Eve: Valkyrie’s pilot progression and in-game economy in a post on its forums.

Eve: Valkyrie originally launched in 2016. The game, which was codenamed EVE-VR while in development, supports PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets.

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