This week saw the announcement of Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR), a unique new ecosystem from a range of companies that aims to make virtual reality (VR) content creation much more accessible across different hardware and development tools. The ecosystem is spearheaded by the likes of Razer and Sensics but also has a handful of videogame developers publically supporting it. One such developer is Borderlands creator Gearbox Software. According to Razer, a reveal of just what the team is working on in VR could come at this month’s PAX South in San Antonio, Texas.
Razer Product Marketing Manager Chris Mitchell suggested as much. When asked if PAX South could see the reveal of Gearbox Software’s VR work Mitchell replied: “I would think so, yes.”
It’s already been confirmed that Gearbox Software will be making announcements at PAX South, which runs from 23rd – 25th January 2015. Taking a quick look at the sheer amount of panels and talks that the developer has booked over the three-day event, there are a number of opportunities for it to make such an announcement. Perhaps the most likely candidate is the ‘Insider Gearbox Software’ session that takes place at 10:30 CST on Sunday 25th January. The session will offer a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the developer’s work along with ‘never-before-seen reveals, exclusives and surprises’.
Currently Gearbox Software is working on an upcoming co-op first-person shooter (FPS) named Battleborn. The title is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While its involvement with OSVR doesn’t in any way guarantee that the studio is developing a VR videogame, it should be noted that other developers tied to the ecosystem, including Untold Games and TechLand, are. If the developer is working on a VR title it will be one of the highest profile teams to be doing so in the industry right now.
VRFocus will continue to follow this story closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.