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‘Star Wars Battlefront’ gets PlayStation VR treatment, ‘Rogue One’ content

It’s less than a month until Rogue One hits theaters, and as such we can expect to hear plenty about Star Wars in the coming weeks. EA is getting in on the act early, as the company has announced that new content for Star Wars Battlefront will be available from December 6.

The star of the show is the virtual reality experience being added to the game. This PlayStation VR exclusive will be a free download for Battlefront owners, and puts players in the cockpit of an X-Wing starfighter — not unlike the 360-degree experience for Samsung Gear VR that Verizon launched earlier this week.

However, that’s not all that’s being added to the game. As the 2015 release celebrates its first anniversary, it’s set to receive its final scheduled DLC, which features new maps and characters inspired by the upcoming movie.

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Rogue One: Scarif introduces Jyn Erso and Orson Krennic as playable characters. Erso is the movie’s protagonist, a skilled operative with a checkered past that puts her skills to use alongside the Rebel Alliance, whereas Krennic is a high-ranking Imperial who’s tasked with stopping any attempts to sabotage the Death Star project.

The expansion also adds four new maps, all of which are set on the planet of Scarif. We don’t know too much about this planet, because Rogue One will mark its first appearance in the Star Wars canon — however, the environments shown in trailers for the movie look quite different to any of the locales already used in Battlefront.

As part of the game’s anniversary celebrations, all players will be able to access the Outer Rim, Bespin, and Death Star expansions for free this weekend — and a quadruple score bonus will be in effect, too. The Rogue One: Scarif expansion and the game’s PlayStation VR mission are set to launch on December 6.