Facebook’s Oculus division has snatched up yet another famous virtual reality game developer. The company announced it had acquired Downpour Interactive on Friday, the studio behind the hit multiplayer military simulator Onward.
“We’ve seen great success with Onward on the Oculus platform for several years — first on Rift and more recently on Quest,” Mike Verdu, Facebook’s VP of AR / VR content, said in a blog post. “Becoming part of the Oculus Studios family will allow Downpour Interactive to cultivate both the Onward community with the full support of Oculus Studios resources, and, in the future, pursue other projects.”
Everyone from Downpour Interactive will move over to the Oculus Studios team “in some capacity,” Verdu said. He also confirmed that Onward will still be supported on all of the platforms currently available: the Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, and Steam.
Dante Buckley, founder, and CEO of Downpour Interactive, said in an FAQ on the studio’s website that Onward’s feature roadmap “remains unchanged” and that the studio plans to “accelerate our development speed” because of the acquisition. Downpour Interactive will also continue to retain “full control of all development,” he said.
We are excited to announce that Downpour Interactive is joining Oculus Studios. We know you have questions and we have built an FAQ to help answer them. For more details, including a message from our founder Dante, visit our website at https://t.co/fJCke9C8R5 pic.twitter.com/5Kub7kfpVc
— Downpour Interactive (@DownpourInt) April 30, 2021
The acquisition is Facebook’s latest to beef up Oculus Studios. The company bought Beat Saber developer Beat Games in November 2019, Asgard’s Wrath maker Sanzaru Games in February 2020, and Lone Echo creator Ready at Dawn in June 2020.