It’s no surprise that the shocking announcement of Facebook acquiring Oculus VR for $2 billion has had the gaming industry feeling a combination of fear, elation, anger and confusion. For something that many outside of the core gaming community would consider to be “niche hardware,” it’s telling of the technology’s potential to see such a large corporation take such an investing notice.
As with a large quantity of the reactions online, not every developer saw the announcement in a positive light. One such developer is Markus “Notch” Persson, the man behind Minecraft. Following the news of Oculus VR’s acquisition, he revealed that he would regrettably be parting ways with the hardware. While this move might leave a sour taste in some gamers’ mouths, one of Oculus’ heaviest hitters, EVE: Valkyrie, is still on track to make use of the virtual reality tech.
According to Eurogamer, CCP Games, the developer behind the massively successful EVE Online MMO and upcoming virtual reality space sim EVE: Valkyrie has confirmed that despite any worries that may exist regarding the Facebook acquisition, their feelings towards Oculus and virtual reality technology have not changed from where they were before the announcement.
“We’re very excited for our friends and colleagues at Oculus… We share their vision about the future of VR and gaming and are looking forward to participating in the consumer launch of the Oculus Rift with Eve: Valkyrie.”
While knee-jerk reactions are to be expected in the wake of such a large-scale announcement, it’s refreshing to also be faced with equal amounts of positivity. Following EVE: Valkyrie’s recent dogfighting trailer, it’s clear that CCP has a strong title on their hands that could very well hold a great amount of sway when it comes time for consumers to choose how they will make use of their eventual new tech. The loss of Minecraft may represent a significant hit, but the continued support of CCP will undoubtedly foster further developer interest.
With a seemingly equal number of people in favor of Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR as there are people against it, the coming months and especially E3 could prove incredibly interesting for virtual reality’s future. While the increased backing of the project will no doubt help with production issues, Oculus still faces some stiff competition from the likes of Sony and their recently-unveiled Project Morpheus. Only time will tell what the future holds for virtual reality, but gamers can expect to at least get a glimpse of that future this June when E3 arrives.
Do you think the Facebook acquisition will see more developers moving away from or gravitating towards the Oculus Rift? What do you think the device’s killer app will be?
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