Facebook’s Oculus acquires studio BigBox VR for multiplayer games

Population: A battle royale game will still be available for VR headsets other than Facebook’s Oculus products.

Creates BigBox VR Population: A VR Battle Royale Game.

Facebook’s virtual reality headset maker Oculus has acquired game studio Bigbox VR, the company said Friday.

“Population has proven to be one of the most popular social experiences in VR: One, the breakout battle royale from Bigbox VR. Today, I’m honored to share that Bigbox VR is joining Facebook,” said Mike Verdu Facebook Reality Labs said. The vice president of content said in a blog post on Friday.

VR has been touted as a major new computing platform for years, one reason Facebook acquired Oculus in 2014 for $2 billion. But VR hasn’t caught on among mainstream buyers, and the lack of compelling things to do with VR headsets is one reason. Why.

In Population: One, groups of up to 24 players navigate and fight in a 3D arena. Facebook won’t be canceling Population: A Version That Runs on Other VR Headsets.

Facebook promised to preserve the culture and vision of Bigbox VR. “We are committed to maintaining the agile, iterative, creative culture of Bigbox VR, along with our passion for fostering Pop: One’s engaged community,” Verdu said.

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