The release of Lone Echo II for the Oculus Rift platform on August 24th will mark the end of an era as the last exclusive project funded by Facebook for its PC VR platform.
With Facebook we have known for a long time that it will come Termination of the sale of Rift S, the Termination of future PC-VR-only headsets, the transfer of the Medium sculpting app development team at Adobe, the lack of updates or newly announced titles for Rift S, and the continued focus on standalone VR with Quest 2.
Facebook officially confirmed UploadVR this week: “We are currently not planning to make any additional Rift exclusives”.
The company continues to support PC VR through the wired Oculus Link and wireless air link with almost 1/3 of SteamVR users From Quest 2, connect to Valve’s Steam store to play games on this platform. Another 18 percent and 5 percent of SteamVR users connect to the Rift S and Rift, respectively.
Take a tour back in time with David Heaney 2019 commemorative list most of the exclusive Rift titles Facebook funded for the platform. The graphic powerhouse of 2019 Asgard’s wrath by Sanzaru Games was the studio’s last title before that Facebook acquired it in 2020 while Sony bought Insomniac Games, the makers of the 2019 Rift exclusive shooter Stormland. Respawn Entertainment was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2017 and retired its Facebook-funded title in late 2020 Medal of Honor: Beyond on Steam next to the Oculus Store for Rift.
So far, Facebook has taken over five VR game development studios starting with Beat Games (the developers behind Beat Saber) in 2019 and most recently POPULATION: ONE Battle Royale developer BigBox VR in June of this year. The company also bought Downpour Interactive developer and Ready at dawn, the studio behind Lone Echo II as well one of the best team-based sports in VR Echo VR.