With the overwhelmingly positive reception to the release of ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission on PSVR this week, fans were excited to discover that the back of the game box suggested a multiplayer feature would eventually come to the game via a post-launch update. Alas, Sony confirmed this was a mistake.
Astro Bot Rescue Mission has been receiving high marks from reviewers and customers alike, with many heralding it as one of the headset’s best games to date.
When physical copies of the game started arriving, players spotted a ‘1-4 Players’ feature indicator on the back of the box, along with fine print reading, “Robust internet connection required to download software patch to enable local co-op functionality.”
It seemed plausible that Astro Bot would see co-op multiplayer, particularly because the game was a spin-off of a mini-game called ‘Robots Rescue’ (part of The Playroom VR) which prominently featured local co-op play between the player wearing the headset and a player playing on the regular screen.
We reached out to Sony about the information on the Astro Bot box, who unfortunately confirmed it was a mistake.
“We apologize for the misprint on our packaging which indicates that ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission is a multiplayer game. There are currently no plans to add multiplayer features to the game,” a spokesperson for Sony told Road to VR.
And that’s that, it seems, at least for some sort of Astro Bot multiplayer. Whether or not Sony has plans to expand the game in other ways with future DLC remains unclear at this stage, but we’re sure many players will have their fingers crossed.