Published: Wed, December 14, 2016
Technology | By Tonya May

HTC launches a new studio for the development of VR

HTC launches a new studio for the development of VR

HTC's virtual reality headset Vive is one of the most sophisticated hardware products now available in the category.

HTC Corporation today announced Vive Studios as the company's internal development and publishing initiative for virtual reality content. Vive Studios will bring to market VR content created by HTC's internal studios as well as through publishing partnerships with external developers.

Alongside its Vive Studio, HTC has also launched its first title from the division - Arcade Saga, as per a report by VentureBeat.

They're kicking things off nearly immediately with Arcade Saga from internal developer 2 Bears Studios set to release on Saturday 10th December. The company launched Vive Studios, a brand dedicated to release content for the HTC Vive VR headset. "For external developers, Vive Studios is now a partner they can turn to for development funding as well as publishing and marketing support on VR content. Vive Studios is actively creating content across key categories for VR including games, education, cinematic, design, social, real-estate and sports, as well as tools and applications that can revolutionize areas such as media, retail, healthcare and location-based entertainment centers and arcades". He further added, "The VR ecosystem needs a persistent flow of exciting experiences and triple-A content that can help grow our audience". Now the company is all geared up for its first Virtual Reality game "Arcade Saga".

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"Arcade Saga" is a collection of three mini games ("Fracture", "Smash" and "Bowshot") and consists of 84 levels. It is an archive for all the classic arcade games which include the likes of archery and Breakout. Regarding the game, 2 Bears Studios' creative director Jason Epps commented: "We wanted to create a game that reminded us of the fun in the arcades". "'Arcade Saga' is a love letter to classic arcade games".

For the record the game was developed by Two Bears, Vive Studios' first parthen developer. It has full room scale 360 degree solution with tracked controllers that will let users walk around and explore virtual space and inspect objects from all angles. Breton also revealed that the content will be diverse.

Smartphone maker HTC aside from contributing towards developing unbelievable smartphones have also been working on developing the Virtual Reality technology lately. The game is said to be available at company's VR app store, Viveport in China soon. Where Oculus and PlayStation have been chasing exclusive titles, HTC and Steam have championed a more open and inviting platform that's so important if VR is to become as successful as they hope. The Vive Studios promises to deliver and produce Richer, Deeper, and Longer room scale videos.

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