Having released virtual reality (VR) videogames like Apex Construct and Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife, Swedish studio Fast Travel Games is getting into third-party publishing. It announced a new publishing arm today, focused on utilising the team’s experience within the industry to provide services to other VR game developers.
The new publishing arm will help VR developers with funding, access to first-party platforms, marketing and PR, certification processes, quality assurance, storefront optimization, localization, age ratings, music licensing, and all the other variables required for a successful launch.
This new side of the business will be helmed by industry veteran and former Head of Games at Mojang Studios Patrick Liu, bringing more than 15 years of experience to the role.
“We’ve been fully committed to VR since founding the studio in 2016, and in that time we’ve collected experiences, expertise, and connections that are of huge value to smaller VR devs trying to find success in this market,” said Fast Travel Games CEO Oskar Burman in a statement. “VR is still a developing medium, and we want to use what we’ve learned and accomplished to contribute to its expansion and help bring more great games to market.”
“Right now we’re experiencing a turning point for VR, with consumer interest growing and technology becoming more accessible than ever before, due in no small part to the success of Oculus Quest and Quest 2,” Burman continued. “While we will continue to develop and publish games on all major platforms, Quest has changed the game. For our most recent launch, Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife, Quest has accounted for 90% of sales since launch. VR gaming will only continue to grow and expand, and we look forward to working with other developers to bring their visions to life on Quest and all VR platforms.”
While this is the official formation of the publishing arm, previously Fast Travel Games has worked with fellow Swedish studio Neat Corp to help launch its stealthy sequel Budget Cuts 2: Mission Insolvency.
“I was thrilled to hear that Fast Travel Games is expanding to offer publishing! It’s a great way to extend the support and connections they have developed over the years to smaller development teams,” said Jenny Nordenborg, CEO of Neat Corporation. “From our experience collaborating with Fast Travel Games on Budget Cuts 2, we can confidently say this is an amazing opportunity for newer studios, and expect to see a few VR hits come out of their publishing arm!”