Last month saw Microsoft announce the hugely intriguing HoloLens, a head-mounted display (HMD) that allows users to see and interact with holograms. The company touched upon the technology’s potential to change videogames, showcasing two unique experiences based around the popular Minecraft franchise that it purchased last year. Shortly after the projects were revealed a member of Mojang, the developer behind the original Minecraft, noted that it wasn’t working on either one of them. Recently it’s been revealed just who is developing at least one of these demos.
The LinkedIn profile for Hololens Studio Manager Daniel McCulloch reveals that Holobuilder, as one of the Minecraft projects is called, is developed by FIT. The studio doesn’t appear to have any past work credited to it, suggesting that this is a new team. The Holobuilder experience allows users to build their own creations in the Minecraft world in entirely new ways. It’s not clear if it will go on to become a full commercial title for Hololens when it hits the market, or if it will simply serve as a tech demo for the device. It’s not clear just who is behind the other Minecraft experience at this point in time.
Details about the release of HoloLens itself are scarce at this point in time, having only made its initial showing at a press conference. Microsoft could well be showcasing it at next week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California, USA. That said, the company has confirmed that it will be bringing the kit to its own Build developer conference in the same city in April 2015. Could other Microsoft-owned studios such as 343 Industries and Turn 10 also be working with the kit?
VRFocus will continue to follow HoloLens and its compatible videogames closely, reporting back with any further updates on them.