Facebook acquired another developer of a popular virtual reality game, announcing on Friday that BigBox VR, creators of the Battle Royale VR title Population: One, will join Oculus Studios.
« POP: A burst onto the VR scene just nine months ago and has consistently ranked among the top performing titles on the Oculus platform, bringing together up to 24 people at a time to connect, play and compete in a virtual world, ”Mike Verdu, vice president of content for Facebook Reality Labs, wrote in a blog post. “And while the social brings the players in POP: A, offbeat humor, continual updates, and sheer environmental fun keep them coming back time and time again – we’ve even seen players schedule time to meet in-game for a synchronous social experience.
Population: One was successful, earning over $ 10 million on the Oculus Store “after just a few months,” Verdu said in a blog post in February. The game, which is available on both the Oculus Store and Steam, “will continue to be supported on all of its current platforms,” according to Verdu. And the game will continue to receive regular updates, BigBox VR says on its website.
But it’s not yet clear what bigger changes might be underway due to the acquisition. “BigBox VR has big plans for the future of POP: A and for other projects, but we’re not ready to share details just yet, ”said Verdu, vaguely.
BigBox VR joins a slew of other virtual reality studios that Facebook has taken over over the past two years. The company acquired Forward developer Downpour Interactive in April, Lonely echo creator Ready at Dawn last June, The wrath of Asgard manufacturer Sanzaru Games in February 2020, and Beat the saber developer Beat Games in November 2019.