Naughty Dog Founder: ‘VR’s Angry Birds is going to take a few years to find.’
Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset, made headlines during this month’s E3 2014 when it revealed that it had hired Naughty Dog founder Jason Rubin as its new head of worldwide studios. Rubin has effectively become to Oculus VR what Shuhei Yoshida is to Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), overseeing development teams in the pursuit of making great VR videogames. But Rubin is clearly aware that it will be a long road to VR’s very own breakout hit, though we can expect to see ‘plenty of fun’ on the way there.
“I believe VR’s #AngryBirds is going to take a few years to find,” Rubin recently posted on Twitter, “But there’s plenty of fun (and success) to be had along the way.”
Oculus VR’s Nate Mitchell recently commented that Rubin would be responsible for getting the company’s first-party development teams up to the standard that fans have come to expect of Naughty Dog’s own videogames. We’re yet to see a fully fledged first-party developer emerge from within the company, so it will likely be a while before we hear more on this front. For now, Oculus VR continues to publish third-party videogames including EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale.
The company is currently preparing to ship its second development kit (DK2) next month. After that, focus will hopefully switch over to the release of the first consumer version. Will we see first-party titles launch with that device? VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR and report back with any more developments.