Facebook acquires it’s fourth VR studio Downpour Interactive
Facebook posted on the Oculus website that it acquired Downpour Interactive, the studio behind the popular VR shooter Onward which launched on Oculus Quest to become one of the headset’s most popular titles.
The news was explained on the Oculus site:
Dante Buckley, Founder and CEO of Downpour Interactive, has stood out over the last several years as a source of inspiration within the VR industry thanks to the stellar success of Onward, a multi-platform multiplayer MilSim. Onward launched as a multiplayer game long before social became a breakout VR trend and, accordingly, Downpour Interactive leads the VR industry as a best-in-class example of a developer working in tandem with its loyal community to create the best possible social and gaming experience. Today, I’m honored to share that Downpour Interactive is joining Facebook.
Onward is Dante and Downpour Interactive’s first game, a multiplayer masterpiece full of challenges, tactics, and teamwork. And, as Downpour has grown, they’ve remained humble, accessible to the community, and open to feedback. We’re eager to support Dante and Downpour Interactive in growing Onward as one of the foremost multiplayer VR games, as well as its community support across Rift, Quest, and Steam.
As part of the Oculus Studios team, Downpour Interactive will expand upon its ethos of creating stand-out games that evoke the human spirit and give players a “downpour” of emotion. We’re so happy to welcome them to the family.
Why was Downpour Interactive acquired?
We’ve seen great success with Onward on the Oculus platform for several years—first on Rift and more recently on Quest. Becoming part of the Oculus Studios family will give Downpour Interactive the opportunity to cultivate both the Onward community with the full support of Oculus Studios resources, and, in the future, pursue other projects.