Fb has acquired Downpour Interactive, developer of VR army sim Onward. Mike Verdu, VP, AR/VR Content material at Fb, issued a press release on the Oculus web site, saying that “as a part of the Oculus Studios staff, Downpour Interactive will increase upon its ethos of making stand-out video games that evoke the human spirit and provides gamers a ‘downpour’ of emotion. We’re so blissful to welcome them to the household.”
Everybody at Downpour Interactive will probably be be a part of the Oculus Studios staff “in some capability”, whereas Verdu offers 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 neighborhood with the total assist of Oculus Studios assets, and, sooner or later, pursue different initiatives.”
Verdu says that Downpour has “thrilling” plans for these future initiatives, and for updates to Onward. The sport’s been in early entry for 5 years—you may 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 will now understand Onward’s full imaginative and prescient with large assist and assets. This implies a greater recreation for all our gamers on all platforms. There are not any adjustments in hierarchy or in imaginative and prescient, everybody at Downpour remains to be working exhausting to ship you one of the best recreation attainable. Thanks all to your continued assist, and keep tuned for future updates and content material.”
Buckley says there will probably be no adjustments to Onward’s roadmap, aside from that the staff will be capable of “speed up growth of latest options”. In the meantime, there will probably be “no employees adjustments at Downpour Interactive on account of the acquisition, and the identical builders who had 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 recreation. 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 take care of the enforced Fb account, then the excellent news, I suppose, is which you could spend an additional $500 to purchase a Fb-free model of the headset.