In what marks the end of an era, or the home stretch for last-minute trophy hunters, WipEout HD (PS3) and WipEout 2048 (Vita) will be losing online multiplayer support as of today. Alongside the likes of Killzone 2 and Killzone 3, the futuristic racing franchise will be docking its spaceships for good. Accompanied by the announcement that as of March 2019, PS Plus freebies will no longer feature PS3 or Vita titles, the forewarned closures signal that Sony is looking to slowly cease support of its older hardware and game library in favour of greener pastures (read: PlayStation 5). It’s not all doom and gloom though, as the Wipeout Omega Collection is officially delivering free VR support.
Owners of the WipEout Omega Collection on the PS4 will be able to patch in support for PlayStation VR totally for free. Featuring core content from a number of its franchise predecessors, WipEout is a PlayStation racing staple that’s been around since the mid-nineties. Known for its heart-pumping Zone mode, in which players pilot a ship that continues to build speed until it breaks apart in a crash and explodes, the WipEout series ceased production of new titles in 2012 after the closure of its dedicated developer Studio Liverpool.
Marking the end of online play with the free VR support patch is a bittersweet note to be sure. But if you’re looking for an excuse to take the plunge into virtual reality — or to beat Zico in style — this might be the perfect time. Take a look at the video embedded below, and see for yourself if the future-racer’s latest update is up to speed.
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