Fb in the present day introduced its fifth VR studio acquisition. This time it’s BigBox VR, the studio behind the favored VR battle royale POPULATION: ONE which launched simply final yr on PC VR and Quest, and has constantly ranked amongst Quest’s hottest titles.
Fb introduced the acquisition in the present day on the Oculus weblog, saying that Inhabitants: One has “constantly ranked as one the top-performing titles on the Oculus platform.” Certainly, we’ve seen the sport rank among the many hottest titles by scores in our common examine on Quest app rankings.
As with prior studio acquisitions, Fb positions the transfer as an effort to speed up the studio’s work whereas aiming to depart its tradition in tact.
“We’re excited to assist BigBox VR develop and speed up their imaginative and prescient for POPULATION: ONE as a state-of-the-art VR social gaming expertise, in addition to pursue future initiatives, with entry to the assets and assist of Fb and Oculus Studios,” the corporate writes. “All whereas sustaining the group’s creativity, disciplined methodology, and dedication to group. Welcome to the household!”
Inhabitants: One isn’t solely obtainable on Quest nevertheless, it’s additionally on PC VR platforms and affords cross-play between them. Which after all makes gamers ponder whether or not the sport will proceed to be supported on non-Oculus platforms. Much like its different VR studio acquisitions, Fb is promising that Inhabitants: One will proceed to see equal assist irrespective of which platform it’s on.
Whereas BigBox VR is now finest recognized for Inhabitants: One, the studio was an early mover in VR, having launched the multiplayer VR shooter Smashbox Area again in 2016.
At the moment’s acquisition marks the fifth VR studio that Fb has purchased, seemingly in an effort to have higher management over the future of killer VR apps and the expertise behind them. Fb has additionally acquired Beat Video games (Beat Saber), Sanzaru Video games (Asgard’s Wrath and others), Prepared at Daybreak (Lone Echo and others), Downpour Interactive (Onward), and now BigBox VR, all inside almost a yr and a half.
The foremost theme in all of those acquisitions is, after all, multiplayer. Naturally, the social media large sees social VR as a key pillar of its VR efforts.
“We proceed to put money into content material that fosters social connection, and we consider POP: ONE delivers this expertise to the VR group in spades inside an excellent enjoyable gaming expertise,” the corporate stated about in the present day’s acquisition.
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