UK-based Bossa Studios has a long history with virtual reality (VR) technology. The developer was one of the first to implement full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) into a videogame with an update to its popular comedy title, Surgeon Simulator. It has also hosted its own VR Meetups as its London studio. In the past year the team has revealed and released a number of new non-VR videogames such as I Am Bread, though has recently assured that it is also working on ‘top secret’ VR projects which should be revealed in the near future.
Poppy Byron, Bossa Studios’ PR and Social Media Manager, revealed as much in an email recently sent out to those that have attended the company’s community meetups in the past. Byron reassured that the studio hadn’t forgotten about VR tech, but simply couldn’t talk about its work with it until recently. Back in 2014 the developer confirmed to VRFocus that it was working on a full VR videogame, though didn’t offer any hints as to what this may be. It’s also since confirmed that the PlayStation 4 version of Surgeon Simulator will support Project Morpheus.
The teases suggests that the developer is perhaps working on some of the more recently revealed VR HMDs and peripherals. In fact Bossa Studios was included on a list of indie developers that were working on Valve and HTC’s Vive PC-based HMD when it was revealed in March 2015. The studio had created a tech demo for the device, again based on Surgeon Simulator. It took full advantage of Valve’s SteamVR system, which includes ‘Room Scale’ user tracking as well as position-tracked controllers that could have a range of uses in a title such as this.
Bossa Studios’ next VR meetup is yet to see a date. VRFocus will continue to follow the team’s work in VR, reporting back with the latest updates on it.