Fb has acquired Downpour Interactive, developer of VR army sim Onward. Mike Verdu, VP, AR/VR Content material at Fb, issued an announcement on the Oculus web site, saying that “as a part of the Oculus Studios crew, Downpour Interactive will broaden upon its ethos of making stand-out video games that evoke the human spirit and provides gamers a ‘downpour’ of emotion. We’re so comfortable to welcome them to the household.”
Everybody at Downpour Interactive shall be be part of the Oculus Studios crew “in some capability”, whereas Verdu provides this as the explanation for the acquisition:
“We’ve seen nice success with Onward on the Oculus platform for a number of years—first on Rift and extra not too long ago on Quest. Changing into a part of the Oculus Studios household will give Downpour Interactive the chance to domesticate each the Onward group with the complete assist of Oculus Studios sources, and, sooner or later, pursue different tasks.”
Verdu says that Downpour has “thrilling” plans for these future tasks, and for updates to Onward. The sport’s been in early entry for 5 years—you possibly can play it on PC and Oculus Quest, and with a bunch of various headsets, not simply the Oculus Rift—and Verdu says that assist will proceed for all present platforms. In the meantime, Downpour Founder and CEO Dante Buckley had this to say in a FAQ on the sport’s web site:
“With us becoming a member of Oculus Studios at Fb, we are able to now understand Onward’s full imaginative and prescient with super assist and sources. This implies a greater sport for all our gamers on all platforms. There aren’t any adjustments in hierarchy or in imaginative and prescient, everybody at Downpour continues to be working laborious to ship you the very best sport attainable. Thanks all to your continued assist, and keep tuned for future updates and content material.”
Buckley says there shall be no adjustments to Onward’s roadmap, apart from that the crew will be capable to “speed up improvement of latest options”. In the meantime, there shall be “no workers adjustments at Downpour Interactive because of the acquisition, and the identical builders who have been engaged on Onward earlier than the acquisition will proceed to take action now.”
This is not the primary time Fb has acquired the developer of a VR sport. Over a yr in the past, Fb acquired Beat Saber studio Beat Video games. If you happen to’re tempted by the Oculus Quest, however would reasonably not cope with the enforced Fb account, then the excellent news, I assume, is which you could spend an additional $500 to purchase a Fb-free model of the headset.