It’s hard to imagine how much the battle royale genre can expand, but with so many popular games already out, it’s inevitable that new platforms like virtual reality will need their own rotation. Population: One has managed to reach as a successful VR hit with its 24-person games and Fortnite-as a game, and now Facebook’s Oculus arm has acquired its developer, Bigbox VR.
Devindra Hardawar he immediately fell in love with the game last fall, and particularly appreciated its cross-platform VR chops. According to a blog post, Pop: One “will continue to be supported on all of their current platforms,” so even if you’re in a helmet that’s not on Facebook, you can still play this game, which the team will continue to work on to expand even as new projects develop.
As well as Upload VR note, the current business model for the game follows as well Fortnite and other BR successes using a paid “battlefield” system of unlockable content. It will be interesting to see how it develops over time, and if the graphics get an upgrade to profit more powerful VR hardware in the future. The last major Oculus study acquired was Lone Echo developer Ready at Dawn in an agreement announced last June, so this is also a sign that Facebook will continue to spend on finding interesting content for its VR platforms.
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