Former ‘Halo’ Devs Working on a ‘Big Budget, AAA’ Oculus Exclusive

by Jamie Feltham • July 12th, 2016

It’s time to add another developer to the burgeoning list of teams making exclusive VR videogames for the Oculus Rift.

Force Field VR has confirmed that it is working on a “big budget AAA exclusive” for the VR headset. Creative Director Martin de Ronde confirmed as much during his talk at the 2016 Develop: Brighton conference today, titled ‘Converting an Established Genre into VR: Pitfalls and Opportunities’. Apparently the game will be played from a top-down perspective. The developer didn’t offer any other hints as to exactly what the team was working on, only briefly teasing the title before going on to host an in-depth discussion in which he highlighted games like AirMech: Command and Eagle Flight.

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Force Field VR itself has some pretty interesting recent history. Earlier this year the company merged with Vanguard Games, the developer behind two spin-offs in Microsoft’s Halo franchise, Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spartan Strike. Both of these were top-down shooters, so the exclusive game could be similar to them. Oculus VR’s own Jason Rubin commented on that news, calling the developer a “talented team” that had the “creative and technical skills” to bring VR experiences to life. Given Rubin himself discussed the news, it was kind of a no-brainer that the studio was closely working with Oculus somehow.

That said, de Ronde did confirm that the team will work on other headsets later down the line. In other words, you can expect this first game to only come to the Rift, but other projects to show up on platforms like HTC Vive and PlayStation VR.

Oculus has been bullish about its exclusive content over the past few months despite facing criticism from some VR fans. Deals such as this, however, will help to give developers a big boost in the field and kick start a VR development ecosystem. Aside from Force Field, the company is still working with the likes of Harmonix, High Voltage Software, and Insomniac Games on Rift exclusives, and has already released such titles from teams such as Crytek and Gunfire Games.

We’ll be excited to learn more about what this exclusive could be later down the line.

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  • someoneperson

    Boooooooooooo

  • Michael Davidson

    I 2nd the motion, booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

  • lemon lemonated

    Thirded. Boooo!

  • Mane Fit

    awesome can’t wait to see what this is

  • Bartholomew

    A big budget AAA Oculus Rift exclusive? It’s time to buy an Oculus Rift [] )

  • j3353534

    Good thing Oculus is focusing on big Dev’s we need AAA VR games! that’s what VR needs right now.

  • Jono

    booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo exclusive suck

  • blueredgreenyellow

    Well that was lacking. is what ever this game is going to be exclusive, or timed exclusive, or we can only work on one at a time exclusive. I’m going to say we dont know for sure, because every one has been mixing meanings as of late.

  • Nashoba Darkwolf

    Why do people care so much if they dont get games for their Vive? Use revive and stop whining. At least Oculus is pushing and helping devs get their games off the ground. Whats more important having games to add to VR to entice more people or throwing a tantrum to get your way where the game never comes out because Oculus didnt help the developer?

  • Ghosty

    Good luck selling to less than half of the already small VR market… That’s smart! NOT! Just another title and developer to boycott!