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Ex-Red 5 CEO Raises $1 Million to Start New VR Dedicated Studio MEK Entertainment

The amount of developers that are committing to virtual reality (VR) development is growing by the day and this week sees a fairly significant new addition to that list. Mark Kern, the former CEO of Firefall developer Red Five Studios and ex-World of Warcraft team lead has raised $1 million USD in seed funding to start up MEK Entertainment, a new studio that will be working exclusively on VR videogames. In fact, the company is already hard at work on its very first title.

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According to GamesIndustry.biz, MEK Entertainment’s first project is being developed for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and is visually inspired by the Super Nintendo era of videogames. Described as a ‘gaming universe’, it features procedurally developed landscapes and a content created by players themselves. The title is yet to receive a full name or release date.

“We can’t build it alone,” Kern said in a statement. “I’ve been looking for a way to let more gamers and modders realise their own virtual worlds and I think we found it.

“We’re taking inspiration from fun sandbox experiences like Minecraft, Terraria and Starbound, but we’re also looking to the games we loved growing up with in the Eighties and Nineties.”

Kern left his position at Red 5 Studios in December 2013. MEK Entertainment currently consists of developers from the likes of Chucklefish, id Software, Activision Blizzard and even Oculus VR itself. Former members of Red 5 Studios are also on board. VRFocus will continue to follow the developer going forward, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.