Those with an original Quest headset will no longer be able to download or play Population: One from October 31, 2022.
We're building BIG POP1 experiences that'll push the boundaries of multiplayer VR. To focus our efforts on nextgen features and tech, we're ending Quest 1 support on Oct. 31, 2022. Players can continue their progress on other supported devices
More info https://t.co/O9bGqLZxUk
— POPULATION: ONE (@populationonevr) July 26, 2022
BigBox says it is building “BIG POP1 experiences that will push the boundaries of multiplayer VR,” and dropping Quest 1 support will let the studio “focus [its] efforts on next-gen features and tech.”
While the game will be inaccessible on the original Quest, players will still have access to all the Population: One content associated with their account on other Meta-owned VR platforms, such as Quest 2 and Rift headsets.
Population: One is a cross-buy title, meaning those with a Quest copy also receive free access to the PC VR version for Rift and Quest via Link on the Oculus Store. Those with an original Quest headset and a VR-ready PC will be able to continue playing Population: One on their headset via a wired or wireless Link connection.
Some Quest 1 owners will be eligible for a refund of Population: One, provided they don’t own a Quest 2 headset and contact Customer Support “within 6 months of purchase of Population: One.” Given Population: One launched in 2020, some Quest 1 players will likely be ineligible under those stipulations.
Population: One is the first game we’ve seen rescind support for the original Quest headset after launch. While Resident Evil 4 launched as the first Quest 2-exclusive game in 2021, it is quickly becoming the norm. Many recent and upcoming releases — Cooking Simulator, Warplanes: Battles Over Pacific, The Twilight Zone VR — are all Quest 2 exclusives.