Back in August 2014 celebrated videogame developer BioWare said goodbye to one its most high-profile staff members in Casey Hudson, the director of the Mass Effect trilogy. Hudson left his position as he neared 16 years of working with the company in order to ‘take on a new set of challenges’. At the time the developer didn’t reveal exactly where he would be moving to next. This week he has suggested that, wherever he’s going, virtual reality (VR) will play a big part.
Hudson recently posted a picture of recently-shipped second development kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) as seen above. The image was accompanied by the message “It begins…” followed by a tag for Oculus Rift creatore Oculus VR and a hashtag for VR in general. Since having made the tease Hudson hasn’t offered any further explanation, nor has Oculus VR itself commented on the message.
Two obvious suggestions spring to mind with this tease. The first is that Hudson could be developing a new videogame with Oculus Rift compatibility on PC. Of course, it’s also possible that Hudson is just the latest addition to Oculus VR’s seemingly ever-growing staff roster. The company has been on something of a recruitment-spree since it was purchased by Facebook for $2 billion USD earlier in the year, having already hired the likes of Valve’s Michael Abrash and Naughty Dog founder Jason Rubin.
Either way, it’s certainly encouraging to see yet another big name in the videogame industry get involved with VR technology to some degree. VRFocus will continue to follow Hudson’s work, reporting back with any further updates.