Facebook acquires VR games developer Downpour Interactive – Critical Hit

Facebook has made it clear that it believes virtual reality is going to be an important part of the future. Not only did it acquire VR company Oculus several years ago, but it has since continued to invest in various technologies and companies involved in the industry, with the company now to announce that it acquired Downpour Interactive, the studio behind the popular military simulator Onward.

The studio purchase follows Facebook’s previous acquisitions of Beat Games, Sanzaru Games and Ready at Dawn over the past two years as the company strives to invest in game content for its popular VR headsets and may want a legitimate console from it. to make. possesses with high quality games available to the many users. A smart strategy that should certainly contribute to the growth of VR for companies. Let’s face it, people really only want to spend a lot of money on hardware if it can entertain them and great games are a great way to do this.

We’ve had great success with Onward on the Oculus platform for a number of years – first on Rift and more recently on Quest. By becoming part of the Oculus Studios family, Downpour Interactive will have the opportunity to cultivate the Onward community with the full support of Oculus Studios resources, as well as pursue other projects in the future.

While Downpour Interactive is a relatively new studio, the company has suggested that new owners with a much larger checkbook will only help accelerate development and the current roadmap, while Facebook added that it is not looking to fundamentally add anything to the studio.

It is not clear what that Roadmap entails, but expect a lot more content from them that is built around Onward’s premise. People have enjoyed the game and they will want to take advantage of it and improve the experience, making it even more immersive for users. VR may be in its infancy, but it’s growing and Facebook seems determined to be at the forefront of the industry.

Last updated: May 4, 2021