During yesterday’s Facebook Developer Conference (F8) 2018, Hugo Barra, Facebook VP of VR made several announcements regarding development of social virtual reality (VR). This included updating Oculus Rooms for the new standalone headset Oculus Go. As part of the Oculus Rooms update Barra revealed a collaboration with Hasbro, seeing several board games come to the platform. Today, further details have been announced.
As part of the deal, Hasbro will be bringing popular games Boggle, Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly into VR, with Boggle now confirmed for a June launch. Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly will then be released later this year.
“Gaming is a major strategic differentiator for our company and as gaming platforms and audiences continue to expand globally we are excited to work with Oculus to bring our beloved brands to new audiences in VR,” said Mark Blecher, SVP Digital Gaming & Corporate Development at Hasbro in a statement. “Our consumers are technologically savvy and we strive to provide them with products that fit their lifestyle, which includes, engaging content, enhanced play experiences and digital interaction. Bringing Hasbro Gaming experiences to the virtual world was a logical next step in this evolution. We can’t wait to see how much fun people will have playing Boggle in VR!”
Oculus Rooms was a social app designed for mobile devices, first launched on Samsung Gear VR and now coming to Oculus Go. In the virtual area friends can hang out, play games, and watch TV together. Oculus Avatars are also integrated so that users can create customisable digital personas for their friends to see.
Just like the normal game of Boggle, with Oculus Go users can play with friends and family in this new virtual take on the three minute word search game. Up to four people can enjoy a real-time game of Boggle, connecting letters up, down, diagonally and sideways to make words before opponents. Players with the most points before the timer runs out win the game and there’s also a solo mode to practice on.
As further details about Oculus Go, Rooms and more Hasbro games are announced, VRFocus will keep you updated.