facebook announced last Friday (11) the purchase of another virtual reality game studio, BigBox VR, headquartered in Seattle, USA, which is responsible for the Battle Royale Population: ONE. The values of the deal, which will see the developer work with Oculus Studios, have not been disclosed.
According to the vice president of content at facebook Reality Labs Mark Verdu’s acquisition is part of an investment process that will enable it to accelerate the growth of the virtual reality games segment. The two companies already had a collaboration, which will be deepened with the signing of the new agreement.
“We are excited to help BigBox VR grow and accelerate its vision for POPULATION: ONE as a next-generation social gaming experience,” said Verdu. He also said the deal will bring new projects, with the resources and support of Oculus, and guaranteed freedom of creation for the team.
Population: ONE, released in October 2020, is a first person shooter that has been rated as one of the best titles on the Oculus platform. According to the director, the game will continue to be supported on all current platforms and receive regular updates, including good news for players.
Facebooks The purchase of the BigBox VR joins a string of similar deals that Mark Zuckerberg’s company has made over the past two years. This is the social network’s fifth deal in the period, starting with the November 2019 acquisition of Beat Games, responsible for the popular Beat Saber.
Next came purchases from Sanzaru Games, who created the game Asgard Ws Wrath in February 2020, and from Ready At Dawn, developer of Lone Echo in June of last year. The most recent acquisition was negotiations with Downpour Interactive, in April, the creator of the Onward simulator.