Facebook snaps up Downpour Interactive in an acquisition spree


  • Downpour Interactive is joining Oculus Studios
  • Onward will still be supported on all its current platforms
  • The deal will help the VR game developer in future projects

Facebooks Oculus division has acquired Downpour Interactive, a virtual reality game developer, the studio that received accolades for Onward—a hit multiplayer military simulator. Facebook will use the acquisition to boost its standards of creating stand-out games.

Elaborating on the deal, Facebook’s VP of AR/VR content Mike Verdu spoke in length about the rewards Downpour Interactive would reap pertaining to the Onward community; under the aegis of Oculus Studios resources, and future projects.

Downpour Interactive’s Founder and CEO, Dante Buckley stated that Oculus studio contemplates ramping up developments. Adding yet another feather in their acquisition cap, Facebook bought Sanzaru Games in 2020, and acquired Beat Games in the preceding year.

Facebook is counting on the success of Onward in the Oculus platform on Quest and Rift. The American company was quoted saying that they are in a quest to beef up VR and will inject funds into third-party content, hardware and AAA IP, to name a few. The behemoth is gearing to emphasize gaming platforms with innovative plans.

The entire Downpour Interactive team will reportedly team up with the Oculus Studios team in some capacity. According to reports, Onward will continue to get support on all of the platforms where it’s currently available. In the similar breadth of Facebook, Downpour Interactive has robust plans for future projects and Onward updates.

About Oculus

Oculus--subsidiary of Facebook Inc.—produces virtual reality headsets such as Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift. Oculus Connect was renamed “Facebook Connect” in August 2020, and it introduced Oculus Quest 2 in October. It has recently acquired “Onward,” a VR game developer.

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