Generally speaking, Oculus and Samsung won’t release official figures for software sales on Gear VR, but Resolution Games today revealed an impressive figure for Bait!.
The Stockholm-based studio announced that its VR fishing game has passed half a million downloads as part of a handful of E3 announcements today. Last month Oculus revealed that Gear VR had seen one million people in April 2016, so it sounds like Bait! has reached roughly half of the number of Gear VR units in the wild right now. Obviously being free to download will certainly help, as will the controller-free input system and the simple fact that, as far as mobile VR goes, Bait! is a pretty polished experience.
That’s not all Resolution Games had to announce, though. Bait! will also be getting a new fishing destination soon, introducing several new species of fictional and wacky fish. Furthermore, the game has now been localized for Spain, Germany, Italy and France, with more localizations to be made in the coming months. You can also now watch a new 360 degree video for the game above, which helps to capture some of the immersion that VR provides when viewed through a Google Cardboard unit.
Last month saw Resolution Games announce another new title, Wonderglade, which will be coming to the Google Daydream platform set to launch this fall. It’s another free-to-play title that will offer “carnival themed gameplay”, though details are thin right now. In the past, the studio has also released another VR title for Gear VR in Solitaire Jester, a completely free experience. You can expect the developer to remain in this field for now, though it will be interesting to see if it makes a transition to high-end VR platforms too.
Resolution Games is paving the way for free-to-play VR and seemingly already having success. We’d expect nothing less given that CEO Tommy Palm comes from Candy Crush developer King.