VR Studio nDreams in a New Expansion Drive
VR Studio nDreams has acquired the developer behind the hit “Shooty Fruity” in what is shaping up to be a new expansion drive.
The British VR game developer nDreams is better known for popular VR games such as Fracked and Phantom: Covert Ops. In March this year, nDreams got a $35 million investment from Aonic Group. The money was primarily channeled into the development of bigger and better virtual reality games. Company co-founder Patrick O-Luanaigh said back then that it was a decisive moment for the company as virtual reality was becoming a mass-market technology.
The game developer is bringing new titles such as Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord for Meta Quest and PlayStation VR 2. Apart from game development, nDreams also publishes games such as Little Cities which was developed by Purple Yonder. Little Cities brought the cozy construction genre of games into virtual reality and Purple Yonder even provided a successful hand-tracking interface.
The London-based game development studio also focuses on small and creative virtual reality games. This is, perhaps, what has driven to acquire the virtual reality studio Near Light, which is based in Brighton, UK. A yet-to-be-announced virtual reality title is already under development by the team at the studio. Additional details about the acquisition, including the amounts involved, were not divulged. nDreams has already been involved in the distribution of experimental virtual reality games from Near Light in the past.
For instance, Shooty Fruity offers a mixed silly Job Simulator-style physics experiment experience involving wild shootouts of an aggressive fruit and was released in 2018. Near Light launched Perfect in 2016 for the PlayStation VR headset which was launching at the time. Perfect is a relaxation app that immerses uses into vacation destinations offering picturesque views.
Parts of the studio’s development team has also been involved in similar beginner-friendly game series that feature creative innovations including games such as Guitar Hero, EyeToy Play, and SingStar.
nDreams’ ambitious expansion plan is an expression of the company’s confidence in the future of virtual reality, according to the announcement. The announcement says that this acquisition is just the beginning of nDreams’ new investments. The company says it will be going into internal development and its publishing arm.
nDreams Could Make More Acquisitions
Company CEO O’Luanaigh says nDreams may be interested in acquiring additional development studios with which it is “similarly aligned on vision and strategy.”
On the other hand, Near Light co-founder Paul Mottram says he is already looking into building stuff “that no one had done before.”