Fireproof Games already has a strong reputation in the mobile market thanks to its popular series of puzzle videogames, The Room. But the developer is currently looking to branch into a new area of mobile development: virtual reality (VR). The UK-based studio is preparing to launch its first-person jet pack-based experience Omega Agent for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). Should the title and VR itself prove successful, then Fireproof Games sees itself playing a big part in the technology’s future.
The developer’s Barry Meade suggested as much to VRFocus during a recent interview that will be published in full in the near future. “Absolutely,” Meade replied when asked if Fireproof Games would make more VR titles. “If VR takes off like we expect it to take off then, yeah, we will make VR games for sure. I can’t see how we wouldn’t. At the moment VR is still experimental for everybody, and the only reason we designed and paid for and self-published this videogame is because of the success of our other game The Room allowed us to do that without needing money or anything else from anybody, we can just do it on our own.
“And so what the Gear VR enabled us to do was a small team to make a small game that has everything that VR on any of the larger platforms has as well. So it was a really nice sort of synergy there I suppose, there for us. The stars aligned, we were like ‘yeah, we want to make a VR game. This system allows us to do it on a small scale, so let’s do it,” the developer concluded.
Of course, Fireproof Games has already been working in other areas of VR, having been revealed as one of a handful of developers to have created a demo for Valve and HTC’s Vive HMD. The studio worked on a demo that was inspired by The Room for the kit, later showcasing it at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC). It certainly seems as if Fireproof Games is committed to the future of VR, then. VRFocus will continue to follow the developer’s progress with the technology, reporting back with the latest updates.