After a regular move of studio acquisitions in past due 2019 and early 2020, Facebook has been a touch quieter in latest months while its got here to bulking up its VR content material arm.
Today, the social media large breaks that move, saying their acquisition of Downpour Interactive, the developer of the famous VR first-individual shooter Onward. The identify, that’s to be had at the company’s Rift and Quest platforms, in addition to via Valve’s Steam store, has been amongst digital reality’s pinnacle dealers in latest years.
Facebook says that the identify will stay to be had on non-Facebook VR hardware going forward.
It’s an exciting deal, mainly after the company’s latest try to create an bold first-individual shooter of its own, partnering with Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment and dumping tens of thousands and thousands right into a Medal of Honor VR identify that changed into tepidly obtained amongst reviewers after its launch this beyond December.
Facebook didn’t percentage phrases of the Downpour deal, even though they stated that the whole group could be becoming a member of Oculus Studios. In a weblog publish detailing the deal, Mike Verdu, Facebook’s VP of AR/VR Content, known as Onward a “multiplayer masterpiece.”