Facebook has acquired one more developer of a popular virtual reality game, declaring on Friday that BigBox VR, creators of the fight royale VR title Population: One, will join Oculus Studios.
“POP: ONE stormed onto the VR scene just nine months ago and has consistently ranked as one 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, the VP of content at Facebook Reality Labs, wrote in a blog post. “And while social is bringing players into POP: ONE, the quirky humor, continual updates, and pure fun of the environment keeps them coming back time and time again — we’ve even seen players scheduling time to meet in-game for a synchronous social experience.”
Population: One has been a hit, procuring more than $10 million on the Oculus Store “after just a few months,” Verdu said in a February blog entry. The game, which is accessible on both the Oculus Store and on Steam, will “continue to be supported on all its current platforms,” according to Verdu. What’s more, the game will keep on getting ordinary updates, BigBox VR says on its site.
However, it’s not satisfactory at this time what greater changes may be in works due to the securing. “BigBox VR has big plans for the future of POP: ONE and for other projects, but we’re not ready to share details at this time,” Verdu says, vaguely.
BigBox VR joins a large number of other VR studios that Facebook has snapped up over the two or three years. The organization gained Onward designer Downpour Interactive in April, Lone Echo maker Ready at Dawn last June, Asgard’s Wrath creator Sanzaru Games in February 2020, and Beat Saber engineer Beat Games in November 2019.