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Facebook acquires virtual reality game Onward

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Facebook’s Oculus division got a VR game developer another month, as Announced The company has acquired Downpour Interactive, the studio behind the multiplayer military simulation game Onward.

Mike Verdu, Vice President of Virtual and Immersive Reality Content at Facebook, said: We’ve had a lot of success with Onward on the Oculus platform for several years, via Rift first and recently Quest.

He added: By becoming part of the Oculus Studios family, this gives Downpour Interactive the opportunity to grow the Onward community with full support of Oculus Studios resources, and pursue other projects in the future.

Verdo explained that everyone from Downpour Interactive is moving to the Oculus Studios team, and also confirmed that Onward remains supported across all platforms it’s currently available on: Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, and Steam.

Dante Buckley, founder and CEO of Downpour Interactive, said in a FAQ via the studio’s website: The Onward feature roadmap has not changed and the studio plans to accelerate development due to the acquisition.

Buckley noted that Downpour Interactive continues to maintain full control over all development processes.

The acquisition is the latest for Facebook to promote Oculus Studios, in which the multiplayer first-person virtual reality shooter Onward has been the most selling VR game in recent years.

The company bought Beat Games, developer of Beat Saber, in November 2019, Sanzaru Games, developed for Asgard’s Wrath, in February 2020, and Ready at Dawn, developer of Lone Echo, in June 2020.

The deal comes after the company’s recent attempt to create an ambitious first-person shooting game on its own, in partnership with Respawn Entertainment, the developer of Apex Legends, and spending millions on Medal of Honor in virtual reality, which was received lukewarmly among reviewers after its release last December.

Separately, Colette, a short film shown in the Oculus VR Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, won this year’s Academy Award for Best Short Topic Documentary.

The film, submitted by Oculus Studios and Respawn Entertainment by Electronic Arts, was acquired and published by the British Guardian newspaper, the first time that a video game industry project has won an Oscar.

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