While virtual reality (VR) is seen by many as a long way off mainstream adoption, it’s dampened the goals of many developers and studio’s to embrace the industry and its forward thinking goals. Today, another videogame developer has announced their VR ambitions, Jonas Johansson, the lead programmer on Angry Birds 2, has unveiled his new studio Neuston.
Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Neuston will focus on creating high-quality social action videogames for VR players.
“Humans are social by nature,” said Johansson, Neuston’s founder in a statement. “Shared experiences create bonds like nothing else. Virtual reality allows us to augment our lives with experiences that would otherwise not be possible. Players can see their hands and look around freely in these new worlds. Hand–eye coordination has been a staple ingredient of action games for decades, and it’s more intuitive now than ever.”
Johansson, who has over a decade of experience in the industry – apart from Angry Birds 2 he previously worked at Crytek and Avalanche Studios on the Crysis series and Just Cause 2, founded the studio last year but has yet to announce a VR project. That reveal is expected in the next few weeks.
The social aspect of VR is something a lot of companies are trying to grow and showcase. From apps such as Facebook Spaces, vTime or AltspaceVR to videogames such as EVE: Valkyrie, Rec Room and the recently released Star Trek: Bridge Crew, there’s a wealth of different ideas being experimented with.
When Neuston reveals further details about its plans for social action in VR, VRFocus will keep you informed.