One of the earliest virtual reality (VR) compatible party titles was Boneloaf’s Gang Beasts for Oculus Rift back in 2016. This week the studio has announced details regarding its next update as well as going into self publishing due to its publisher Double Fine Presents being wound down.
As part of Microsoft’s big splurge on videogame studios in the past few years, Double Fine was acquired and brought under the Xbox Game Studios banner. However, this meant that publishing arm Double Fine Presents was no longer required, shuttering operations in the process.
So this required Boneloaf to look for another publisher or do that work in-house, of which it chose the latter. In addition to this, the studio is preparing a new build which will be released as a Steam beta in July.
Currently going through testing, the new build v1.13 will feature a modified wheel stage supporting online gameplay as well as optimisations and fixes for UI, audio, costumes, gameplay, and achievements.
Here’s the full statement from Boneloaf:
“So, we wanted to let you know what’s going on here at Boneloaf. We have some information regarding Double Fine and us, and when the next Gang Beasts update is coming.
“As some of you know, Boneloaf has been working with Double Fine Presents for some time. They’ve given us advice, they’ve given us splendiferous support, and most importantly, they’ve become friends and mentors to us.
“We love Double Fine and they have been really fantastic to us. What Tim and his company built is pretty wonderful, but with Double Fine Presents winding down due to Double Fine’s acquisition by Xbox Game Studios last year, we think it is a good time for Boneloaf to stand on its own… legs and publish Gang Beasts ourselves.
“Anyway, that’s the news about Boneloaf and Double Fine. What about Gang Beasts? Currently we’re testing build 1.13, the next release. Build 1.13 is made with Unity 2019.3 and includes a modified version of the wheel stage with support for online game modes and a series of optimisations and fixes for UI, audio, costumes, gameplay, and achievements.
“We plan to make this build available for testing as a Steam beta next month. The 1.13 build will be released for supported platforms (Steam, Humble Bundle, PS4, Xbox One, and Oculus Rift and Oculus Rift S) when testing ends. We are also working on new stages and costumes, more information coming soon.”
In Gang Beasts players take control of gelatinous characters to fight one another in melee combat, with silly results. As Boneloaf continues to update the title, VRFocus will let you know.