Oculus VR Hires Bastion, Transistor Programmer

Supergiant Games senior programmer Chris Jurney leaves the Bastion and Transistor studio to work on virtual reality.

Oculus VR, the Facebook-owned company behind the upcoming virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, continues to snap up talent from prominent developers. The latest new hire at the company is Supergiant Games senior programmer Chris Jurney, who announced on Twitter (via Polygon) that he will join Oculus VR at the end of the month to "help make VR awesome."

During his two years at Supergiant Games, Jurney worked on critically acclaimed downloadable games Bastion and Transistor. Before joining that company, he worked at Brutal Legend developer Double Fine, as well as Relic Entertainment and the now-shuttered Kaos Studios.

"I think we're on the cusp of truly great fully immersive virtual experiences, and I want to help make that a reality," Jurney told Polygon. "I'll be on a small team doing prototypes, which is my favorite type of work. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands dirty in virtual space."

Oculus VR has a number of game industry veterans in its ranks, including John Carmack (id Software), David DeMartini (Electronic Arts), and Jason Holtman (Valve). Just last week, Oculus VR announced that it had hired Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin as its head of worldwide studios.

There's still no word yet on when the Oculus Rift headset will be available to consumers or what it will cost.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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blkgto
blkgto

They can hire all the elites they want.  Once facebook got in on this I completely lost interest in supporting it.  I'll hold out for Morpheus instead.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Hiring this many elites you'd think it would be finished by now.

russelsviper89
russelsviper89

kinda feel sad for supergiant games..They are such a small team , hope they find a replacement very soon! Both bastion and transistor were (still are) superb games....

wookiegr
wookiegr

When are they going to hire Major Nelson?

tomservo51
tomservo51

I'm kind of disgusted at all the talent Facebook is buying up so we can play farmville in VR

pelvist
pelvist

@Dannystaples14 These "elites" dont make hardware. Its pretty obvious whats going on here, Oculus is putting together its own in house development team filled with top talent to make VR focused games and software for the Rift. And that is great news for anyone who is looking forward to owning one.

Xmus942
Xmus942

@tomservo51 

Wow! You're the first person to make that joke! Congratulations!

hystavito
hystavito

@ArchoNils2 @tomservo51 I don't really think you can call it uninformed right now because we really don't know what they are going to do.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Well sure we do not know where it is going, so it is uninformed. But add to that that the alpha version is out. I actually own it and played several games with it, including Skyrim. It seems to be rather easy to mod games to support it, so we will probably see many mods for triple A games supporting OC. Let's wait and see until the device is out for a year or at least until it releases, okay