Since its own acquisition by Koch Media Group in 2020, Vertigo Games has gone on to make several of its own VR-centric company purchases. The first was SpringboardVR and now Vertigo Games has acquired Force Field XR, in doing so the team will now be called Vertigo Studios Amsterdam.
The agreement sees Vertigo Games acquire 100 percent of the shares of Force Field for an undisclosed sum. Force Field was founded in 2015, creating VR titles including Landfall, Time Stall, Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Oculus Quest) and Coaster Combat. As Vertigo Studios Amsterdam the team will continue their focus on virtual reality (VR), currently working on an unannounced AAA videogame based on a well-known IP.
“With multiple AAA VR game productions in the pipeline for the upcoming years, Vertigo Games continues to rapidly expand. Known for their AAA production standards and pioneering VR game development expertise, we are thrilled to welcome the Force Field team to the Vertigo Games family,” said Richard Stitselaar, CEO at Vertigo Games in a statement. “Together we are a major step closer to building a global VR powerhouse that will bring even bigger, high production value, and cutting-edge VR games to players around the world.”
Coaster Combat was Force Field’s last VR title, released in 2020 for Oculus Quest. A single-player shooter where you ride various roller coasters shooting as many targets as possible or simply sitting back to enjoy the experience. The team’s first VR videogame was Landfall in 2017, a top-down tactical shooter with both a single-player campaign and multiplayer modes.
“Having spent years on the cutting edge of VR game development, creating showcase games and experiences for leading VR companies, we have built a world-class VR team capable of delivering best-in-class games,” Arthur Houtman, CEO of Vertigo Studios Amsterdam adds. “Today we enter a new phase of growth as part of Vertigo Games, who are not only one of the most successful VR game development studios, but also a leading VR publisher and part of the immensely diverse global Koch Media / Embracer Group, allowing us to fully leverage our company’s potential.”
Vertigo Games might be expanding its presence within the VR industry but the one project everyone wants to see is After the Fall. The post-apocalyptic shooter was due for release this summer, however, the studio revealed at the end of July that there would be another delay, pushing the launch back to later this year.
When Vertigo Studios Amsterdam reveals details of this new AAA project VRFocus will let you know.