Fb has acquired Onward developer Downpour Interactive
Fb has acquired Downpour Interactive, developer of VR navy sim Onward. Mike Verdu, VP, AR/VR Content material at Fb, issued a press release on the Oculus website, saying that “as a part of the Oculus Studios staff, Downpour Interactive will develop 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 will likely be be a part of the Oculus Studios staff “in some capability”, whereas Verdu provides this as the rationale 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. Turning into a part of the Oculus Studios household will give Downpour Interactive the chance to domesticate each the Onward group with the total help of Oculus Studios sources, 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’ll be able to play it on PC and Oculus Quest, and with a bunch of various headsets, not simply the Oculus Rift—and Verdu says that help 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 website:
“With us becoming a member of Oculus Studios at Fb, we will now notice Onward’s full imaginative and prescient with super help 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 remains to be working arduous to ship you one of the best sport doable. Thanks all on your continued help, and keep tuned for future updates and content material.”
Buckley says there will likely be no adjustments to Onward’s roadmap, apart from that the staff will be capable to “speed up growth of recent options”. In the meantime, there will likely be “no employees adjustments at Downpour Interactive because 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 sport. Over a 12 months in the past, Fb acquired Beat Saber studio Beat Video games. In case you’re tempted by the Oculus Quest, however would somewhat not cope with the enforced Fb account, then the excellent news, I suppose, is you can spend an additional $500 to purchase a Fb-free model of the headset.