Virtual reality (VR) offers exciting possibilities when it comes to immersive gaming, with developers both large and small experimenting with the possibilities. The latest is ForeVR, an indie studio which has recently emerged from stealth having raised $1.5 million USD, currently working on a VR bowling title.
First reported by VentureBeat, the team at ForeVR is helmed by Zynga veterans Marcus Segal (CEO & Co-Founder) and Mike Pagano Doom (CCO and Co-Founder). With VR becoming more accessible and affordable thanks to headsets like Oculus Quest 2, they want to take popular, classic real-life group games and bring them into VR for friends and family to enjoy together.
“I love VR. And I’ve been waiting for the right time, which for me was when there is a device that everyone could access,” Segal told GamesBeat. “And I think that the Oculus Quest 2 at just $300 blows this opportunity wide open. Bowling was really instrumental for the Wii, and we think that kind of game, where you could play with one hand, is exactly what VR needs. You pick up the ball and bowl. It’s a great place to start this accessibility revolution for VR. I was able to get my 81-year-old dad into it.”
Under the working title of ForeVR Bowl, the looks set to offer both local and online multiplayer matchups. With Oculus Quest’s casting capabilities this would easily allow for bowling nights at home. As for other features, nothing has been detailed just yet.
“I want to make games where you can make a case that there will be a VR headset in every household. And the only way you do that is if you can make a game where the family could play it, like bowling,” Segal added.
With a 10-person team from across Glu, Disney, Electronic Arts, and Zynga, ForeVR’s $1.5 million funding round saw participation from Twitch CEO Emmett Shear, Galaxy Interactive Fund as well as Mark Pincus and Justin Waldron from Zynga.
ForeVR Bowl is slated to arrive for Oculus platforms in Q2 2021. As further updates from ForeVR are released, keep reading VRFocus.