While the indie development community is undeniably doing a impressive job supporting virtual reality (VR) technology right now, many are waiting to see what larger development studios with the funding from huge publishers will achieve. It’s a question that’s pitted to Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) creator Palmer Luckey just about every time the device is shown to the public. When last asked at the Oculus Connect developer conference in Hollywood, California, Luckey dropped a tantalising tease about big budget developers and VR.
In a full interview, CNET asked Luckey when videogame publishers such as Electronic Arts, Activision and Ubisoft would start working with VR. In reply, Luckey revealed that many of them already are. “I can’t say anything specifically, but there are multibillion-dollar game development studios doing serious work in VR,” Luckey teased. “But they’re not the people who are here showing off demos in the hallway. They’re the ones working internally to make sure it’s something that’s polished and that they can show and not get criticized for it because they’re under a lot more scrutiny…”
He continued, talking about the launch line-up for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift, noting that it would be important to have both a great software catalog at launch and then consistent releases going forwards. He suggested that some developers are waiting to reveal their titles so as to not compete with the experiences that will be arriving at launch. Just which big budget developers are working with VR?
Hints and rumours can be found scattered throughout the internet, although there’s nothing concrete on such projects right now. Currently one of the most high-profile videogames for VR is EVE: Valkyrie from CCP Games, though the list of AAA VR titles doesn’t extended much further beyond that. Alien: Isolation developer Creative Assembly has shown its upcoming sci-fi horror experience in VR, but is yet to confirm that the full experience will see support. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR titles, bringing you the latest on them.