Facebook has announced the acquisition of the VR game developers Ready at Dawn, the studio will integrate the Oculus team and will focus on new VR projects. The news was shared by Facebook’s Mike Verdu who said the team would ‘Continue to build amazing game experiences as an independent studio operating out of their current offices in Irvine, CA, and Portland, OR, with the full support of Facebook and the Oculus Studios team behind them’
Ready at Dawn is currently working on Lone Echo 2.
Excited to share that we’re joining the Oculus Studios team! Together, we will continue to pursue a future of rich, immersive and original VR game content. Excited for what’s to come! https://t.co/Cmj2bAGtO5
— Ready At Dawn (@RAD_Studios) June 22, 2020
Having shipped titles to multiple platforms in the past, Ready At Dawn is a veteran game developer with some serious chops—as well as a VR pioneer.
They’ve created four titles for the Oculus Platform, including Lone Echo, Echo Arena, Echo Combat, and Lone Echo II, which is currently in development. In addition to setting the bar for narrative VR experiences, Lone Echo re-wrote the playbook for VR movement mechanics with the debut of Ready At Dawn’s signature innovative continuous locomotion system and full-body IK (inverse kinematics). The zero-g mechanic is used throughout the Echo Games franchise and lends itself well to VR beginners and competitive VR esports alike.
As part of the Oculus Studios team, Ready At Dawn will continue creating memorable, immersive, and innovative VR content for gamers around the world as an independently-operated studio. We’re thrilled to welcome them to the family.
Established in 2003 by former Naughty Dog and Blizzard Entertainment employees, the California studio was first known for their work on PSP titles from Sony Interactive Entertainment’s IPs, games like Daxter, God of War: Chains of Olympus, God of War: Ghost of Sparta are known for being excellent games for the handheld console. Their success was followed by Okami and The Order: 1886 for the Nintendo Wii and the PlayStation 4 respectively.