Facebook has made its fourth major VR studio acquisition. They have acquired Downpour Interactive, the developer of the popular Mil-Sim VR FPS, Onward.
The game has been out in early access since 2016 and has been ported to the Quest series of headsets in 2020. The game will continue to be supported on all headsets; it will not become an Oculus exclusive.
The team at Downpour Interactive are planning to support Onward with major updates and fixes but now that they have joined Oculus, it seems like their focus will be split between Onward and other, future projects. According to the Facebook press release, they not ready to share details at this time.
Downpour Interactive CEO Dante Buckley spoke about their acquisition in a blog post on the official Onward website:
“Today is a very exciting day for Onward and the Downpour team, we are joining Oculus Studios at Facebook! I remember when I wrote the first line of code for Onward and walked around "Cargo," one of the first maps in game. Putting on a VR headset and building this dream game was a magical experience every day. From those early days to now, Onward and Downpour have grown and made huge strides in the VR industry. I can't thank my team enough for their hard work and dedication, as well our passionate and dedicated player community.
“With us joining Oculus Studios at Facebook, we can now realize Onward's full vision with tremendous support and resources. This means a better game for all our players on all platforms. There are no changes in hierarchy or in vision, everyone at Downpour is still working hard to deliver you the best game possible. Thank you all for your continued support and stay tuned for future updates and content.”
This is the fourth VR development studio that Facebook have acquired. Facebook have also acquired Beat Games, the developers of Beat Saber, Sanzaru Games, the Asgard’s Wrath developer, and Ready at Dawn, the developer of Lone Echo and Echo VR.
While the team behind Onward have developed games for SteamVR in the past, it is safe to assume that all future projects coming out of Downpour Interactive will be Oculus exclusives.