The latest Oculus Connect event has generated a lot of news, announcements and excitement. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced the company’s intention to get 1 billion people into virtual reality (VR), so a new emphasis on the social aspects of VR is no surprise. As part of this strategy, a new multiplayer experience will be available to users of Facebook Spaces.
Created by Resolution Games and based on its successful VR fishing title Bait! Facebook Spaces users will be able to try out Bait! Arctic Open, which will allow friends and family to fish together and compete to see who is the best. The title has been designed to integrate smoothly with Facebook Spaces, to let users feel like they are sharing the same room.
“Facebook has created an exceptional, social VR experience with Spaces – working towards overcoming a huge hurdle in VR by making it more interactive. We’re honoured to be working with Facebook to explore how to merge gameplay with the Spaces environment,” said Tommy Palm, CEO and co-founder of Resolution Games. “The team has been amazing to work with and Spaces offers the unique social experiences and other mechanics to take engagement in VR to a whole new level.”
Resolution Games’ VR fishing title Bait! has previously been made available as a single player experience on Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream, proving to be a hit and surpassing 2 million players, placing it in a very select group. Facebook Spaces launched earlier this year as Facebook and Oculus’ answer to the perceived social isolation of VR.
“We’re turning Bait! into much more than a game and making it a social experience where people come together, no matter where they are in the world, around one of the most bonding actions possible – fishing,” added Palm.
VRFocus will bring you further information on Facebook Spaces as it becomes available.
UPDATE: VRFocus previously wrote that Bait! had 1 million users when in fact it has 2 million. Apologies for the mix up.