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    Facebook is buying the developer behind VR shooter ‘Onward’ – TechCrunch

    After a gradual stream of studio acquisitions in late 2019 and early 2020, Facebook has been slightly quieter in current months when its got here to bulking up its VR content material arm.

    Today, the social media big breaks that stream, saying their acquisition of Downpour Interactive, the developer of the fashionable VR first-person shooter Onward. The title, which is obtainable on the firm’s Rift and Quest platforms, in addition to by way of Valve’s Steam retailer, has been amongst digital actuality’s prime sellers lately.

    Facebook says that the title will proceed to be obtainable on non-Facebook VR {hardware} going ahead.

    It’s an fascinating deal, notably after the firm’s current try to create an bold first-person shooter of its personal, partnering with Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment and dumping thousands and thousands right into a Medal of Honor VR title that was tepidly acquired amongst reviewers after its launch this previous December.

    Facebook didn’t share phrases of the Downpour deal, although they famous that the total staff can be becoming a member of Oculus Studios. In a weblog put up detailing the deal, Mike Verdu, Facebook’s VP of AR/VR Content, referred to as Onward a “multiplayer masterpiece.”

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