Facebook Buys Beat Saber Devs To Focus On Further VR Development
If you can't beat em, join em.
Beat Saber developer Beat Games is now a part of Facebook, and is joining Oculus Studios. They will remain independently operated, according to the announcement, and will continue to work on new content for Beat Saber, including an upcoming 360-degree level mode that will ship in December.
According to the announcement, Beat Saber has "only scratched the surface" of what the studio can do, and Facebook is "thrilled to join forces to see where this talented team takes VR gaming in the future." It also states that this buyout will help Beat Games to develop more content for their game, and what Beat Saber will remain available on non-Oculus platforms as well.
A Q&A posted along with the announcement makes it clear that modding will still be possible, too, but developer mode "is not intended for engaging in piracy or illicit modding, including mods that infringe on third-party IP rights or contain malicious code." Beat Games will remain in Prague as well, and will continue operating as it has to this point.
It's been a big month for VR, with Half-Life: Alyx recently being announced as a PC VR exclusive. On the other hand, Phil Spencer has also made it clear that Xbox is not currently pursuing VR, as it represents a very thin slice of the market.
We gave Beat Saber an 8/10 in our review back in 2018. Reviewer Alessandro Barbosa wrote that the game is "an exhilarating rush and an exhausting game to play in the best way." If you'd like to play it but haven't made the jump to VR yet, check out all the best Black Friday VR Deals.
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