Oculus, Facebook’s virtual reality headset maker, has acquired game studio BigBox VR, the company said Friday.
“One of the most popular social experiences in virtual reality has proven to be Population: One, the BigBox VR breakout battle royale. Today, I am honored to share that BigBox VR joins Facebook“Mike Verdu, vice president of content for Facebook Reality Labs, said in a blog post on Friday.
Virtual reality for years has been touted as a major new computing platform, one of the reasons Facebook acquired Oculus for $ 2 billion in 2014. But virtual reality has not caught on with major buyers, and a shortage of cool things to do with virtual reality headsets is one reason why.
In Population: One, groups of up to 24 players navigate and battle in a 3D kingdom. Facebook will not cancel versions of Population: One that run on other VR headsets.
Facebook promised to preserve the culture and focus of Bigbox VR. “We are committed to maintaining the agile, iterative and creative culture of BigBox VR, along with its passion for fostering the engaged Pop: One community,” said Verdu.