It is time for a non-Black Friday story, as Facebook is in talks to acquire the game studio behind the VR hit Beat Saber.
At this stage it is unclear how much Facebook is offering for the studio, or indeed when the acquisition will be finalised. When it is completed though, Facebook says Beat Games will join the Oculus Studios headquarters located in Prague, but remain independent.
What that means for future titles though remains to be seen, but it is more than likely that Facebook and Oculus are wanting Beat Games to assist in getting other titles onto its platforms that can prove as popular as Beat Saber.
Great news: @BeatGamesStudio is joining Oculus Studios! @BeatSaber is the first VR-only platinum hit + one of the best ways to show people the magic of VR. We’re excited to welcome this awesome team. Director of Content Mike Verdu shares more on the blog: https://t.co/jKF98nkQ4h pic.twitter.com/oEWS5aGJJk
— Oculus (@oculus) November 26, 2019
“Beat Games’ accomplishments are already impressive, but Facebook and the Beat Games team know that there is so much more that can be done across VR, games, and music. They have only scratched the surface with Beat Saber in terms of social features, new modes, music, and more. We are thrilled to join forces to see where this talented team takes VR gaming in the future,” writes Mike Verdu, director of content at Oculus.
With Oculus focusing on refining its VR headsets and other hardware in recent years, and given less attention to the gaming side of things, Beat Games could help solve that part of the equation.
Perhaps more importantly though, Facebook notes that Beat Games will not be creating content exclusively for the Oculus platform, and will continue to work on the platforms it currently operates within.
As such games like Beat Saber, or whatever the follow-up is, will remain fixtures on other platforms like PSVR.
What the future holds for Oculus remains to be seen, but the company is promising an exciting year ahead when it comes to its VR ambitions.
“We’re exploring many ways to accelerate VR, and we think next year is going to be an incredible one of VR game launches and announcements. We are thrilled to have Beat Games join our team. This is just the beginning,” concludes Verdu.