Fb acquired one other VR shooter recreation growth studio with the acquisition of BigBox VR, the creator of battle royale title POPULATION: ONE.
Fb mentioned it wouldn’t disclose the phrases of the deal, which follows the April buy of Downpour Interactive and its tactical multiplayer shooter Onward. Each POPULATION: ONE and Onward are among the many highest income earners on Fb’s standalone VR headset Oculus Quest. In February, Fb mentioned six Oculus Quest titles had cleared $10 million in income and Fb now owns no less than half of them.
Launched in late 2020, POPULATION: ONE is a first-person shooter (FPS) wherein gamers workforce up in teams of three and battle throughout a big map to be the final workforce standing. The sport is akin to Epic Video games’ battle royale sensation, Fortnite, each by way of construction and enterprise mannequin – POPULATION: ONE is at present operating a second ‘season’ of themed content material together with free updates and beauty objects which are locked behind a premium battle move.
The acquisition represents Fb’s fifth VR recreation growth studio acquisition. The corporate first acquired the developer of rhythm slicing recreation Beat Saber, Beat Video games, in late 2019. Beat Saber is probably going VR’s hottest recreation at greater than 4 million copies offered. Then, in February 2020, Fb purchased Sanzaru Video games, the makers of PC VR’s visible powerhouse title Asgard’s Wrath.
In June 2020, Fb additionally purchased Prepared At Daybreak, the makers of the Echo VR video games. Prepared At Daybreak’s Lone Echo II is slated for launch on PC VR this summer time, doubtless representing a swan music for the PC-powered Rift platform as Fb zeroes in on the success it’s discovering with the standalone Quest. The multiplayer Echo VR, in the meantime, now runs a seasonal content material construction much like POPULATION: ONE.
Fb says BigBox VR will function as an impartial studio.
“BigBox VR has huge plans for the way forward for POP: ONE and for different tasks, however we’re not able to share particulars presently,” a weblog publish ready by Fb states. “POP: ONE will proceed to be supported on all its present platforms.
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