NFL Launches First Officially Licenced VR Game

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Miami-based StatusPro is a sports technology and gaming company that uses real-time player data to create authentic extended reality experiences.

The game, shown off at the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase, will debut this fall on the Meta Quest and PlayStation VR platforms.

The goal is to help fans experience what it’s like to compete as the quarterback of their favorite NFL team through a first-person 3D immersive experience, said Troy Jones, co-founder and CEO of StatusPro.

“You’re immersed in this world. You see the defense come at you,” Jones said. “They’re coming to tackle you, and you have to make those decisions that a quarterback has to make. And I think that’s the most exciting part. You’re going to see for the first time ever and be in control of making those decisions and making those plays, and it democratizes what it’s like to play. Only VR/XR can provide that.”

StatusPro dropped their official trailer for the NFL Pro Era with an up-close view from former NFL quarterback Lamar Jackson’s perspective, incorporating pre-alpha gameplay and a voiceover from acclaimed hip hop artist and former NFL draft prospect Tobe Nwigwe.

The game will take players from the pre-game locker room through the tunnel to the explosive sounds and sights inside the stadium – even including the chatter inside the huddle, Jones said.

StatusPro’s team of developers wants to change the future of sports gaming and provide a genuine level of engagement between athletes and fans. Utilizing a combination of real-time NFL game data and StatusPro’s athlete-led technology, NFL Pro Era aims to be an authentic and immersive first-person VR football game.