At the Oculus Connect 4 Event this week, Facebook’s head of social VR Rachel Franklin announced on stage at the keynote that Facebook Spaces will be getting a brand new VR experience in the form of Bait! Arctic Open. This is a fishing game created by the creators behind Wonderglade and other Daydream titles, Resolution Games. Who has now become the first developer to officially produce content for the social VR platform.
Bait! Arctic Open is the second game in Resolution Games’ fishing franchise and the title will now encourage players to become social and play with friends and family around the virtual fishing hole.
Facebook Spaces is Facebook’s social VR app where you can use your Facebook photos to customize your avatar and hang out with friends in an interactive virtual environment as if you were in the same room. These spaces allow for a range of activities and are accessible on Early Access via the Oculus Rift. “Facebook has created an exceptional, social VR experience with Spaces – working towards overcoming a huge hurdle in VR by making it more interactive. We’re honored to be working with Facebook to explore how to merge gameplay with the Spaces environment,” said CEO and co-founder of Resolution Games, Tommy Palm. “The team has been amazing to work with and Spaces offers the unique social experiences and other mechanics to take engagement in VR to a whole new level.”
Resolution Games has released the initial images at Oculus Connect 4 this week which makes it look like there’s a competitive element to the game as well, with trophies to be won. No final release date has been announced yet, but the studio said the game will become available in the coming months.
Even More Features Are On The Way
The people from Facebook also spoke for some time about a load of other features that they’re planning on implementing on the social platform in the near future. These include mini-games, users now being able to cut out their Facebook pictures for collages, and other collaborative projects with developers. Quill, the Oculus creation software, is also being integrated with Facebook Spaces. It will allow users to explore scenes made inside the app. Then, live streaming of 360° videos will now also be a thing. Which will allow users to visit any place that’s streaming their 360° videos in real-time.
And finally, Facebook hinted this past week that Spaces will be coming to other platforms as well. Which could mean that the company is breaking it’s exclusivity wall and will allow the social app on other VR devices like the HTC Vive and PSVR. Or they could just be referring to the GearVR and the all new upcoming Oculus standalone device, Oculus Go.