John Wick First-Person Shooter VR Game Coming From Payday Developer

FPS based on the Keanu Reeves film franchise will launch in 2016.

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Film studio Lionsgate has announced a partnership with Payday publisher Starbreeze for a virtual reality game based on the Keanu Reeves movie John Wick. The game, a first-person shooter, will be based on the world and characters from the action movie, though no footage has been released so far.

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The full game is coming to "most existing VR headsets" in spring 2016, but you'll be able to play a version of it on the HTC Vive headset (developed in partnership with Valve) during the HTC Vive US and European tour later this year. A "teaser" version of the game will launch for HTC Vive later this year.

"John Wick is the perfect cross-platform property to extend into the fast-growing gaming world, and we believe that a cutting edge VR game will deepen fan engagement and accelerate John Wick's evolution into one of our next big action franchises," Lionsgate executive Peter Levin said in a statement.

The John Wick VR game will be developed by WEVR and mobile and VR studio Grab, with Starbreeze acting as its publisher.

In addition, Starbreeze's partnership with Lionsgate extends to the Payday series. The heist-themed crime game series already has some John Wick crossover content, but even more is coming, Starbreeze said. This is being done to facilitate "cross-promotion and integration of the two games."

The first John Wick hit theaters last year, while a sequel is due to arrive next September.

We tried the HTC Vive demo at Gamescom this week and it blew us away. Check it out below.

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