Facebook has acquired yet another developer of a popular virtual reality game and announced on Friday that BigBox VR, makers of the Battle Royale VR title Population: one, will join Oculus Studios.
“DOLL: A stormed the VR scene just nine months ago and has consistently ranked as one of the top-performing titles on the Oculus platform, bringing up to 24 people at once, playing and playing in a virtual world,” Mike Verdu, the VP of content at Facebook Reality Labs, wrote in a blog post. “And as social brings in players, DOLL: AThe quirky humor, constant updates and sheer fun of the environment keep them coming back again and again – we’ve even seen players schedule time to meet in-game for a synchronized social experience.
Population: one is a hit, earning over $10 million on the Oculus Store “after just a few months”, Verdu said in a February blog post:. The game, which is available on both the Oculus Store and on Steam, “is supported on all of its current platforms,” Verdu said. And the game will continue to receive regular updates, BigBox VR says on its website.
But it’s not yet clear what bigger changes are in the works because of the acquisition. “BigBox VR has big plans for the future of DOLL: A and for other projects, but we’re not ready to share details at this point,” Verdu says vaguely.
BigBox VR joins a slew of other VR studios that Facebook has conquered in recent years. The acquired company Forward developer Downpour Interactive in April, lonely echo maker Ready at Dawn last June, The Wrath of Asgard creator Sanzaru Games in February 2020, and Beat Saber developer Beat Games in November 2019.