The Quest is getting its own Fortnite ripoff – ProWellTech
Fortnite may not be available in VR (or on iOS), but Quest users will soon receive their own Fortnite clone for virtual reality.
Almost two years after funding and the initial launch announcement, BigBox VR is finally ready to launch its battle royale game, “POPULATION: ONE” for Quest players (and the setting Rift hardware).
Co-founders Chia Chin Lee and Gabe Brown began their VR game development with a shooter called Smashbox Arena, but “POPULATION: ONE” is the big bet for the game studio.
The COVID-19 pandemic has managed to boost sales of the Quest, turning it into more of a real consumer device rather than just something for techies and digital savvy users. If this new VR audience can take the battle royale game in the same way they took Epic Games’ Fortnite title, it could go a long way to give Facebook’s platform a wedge to gain market share in what it has become. the brand new social network.
A lot has been written about how Fortnite became the social forum for Gen Z and the cohort that is coming after them. As these users gravitate to TikTok and Fortnite, Facebook is becoming an afterthought for a new consumer demographic that the social network needs.
And as we wrote earlier, the BigBox VR title shares more than a passing resemblance to Fortnite.
To say the game shares some similarities with Fortnite is an understatement. Not only is it a battle royale title with a shrinking environment, but some mechanics like sliding at the start to search for weapons and even Fortnite’s build feature are central to the gameplay. That said, battle royale titles have exploded in the wake of PUBG and seem to share a lot between them. For BigBox, VR is the defining feature, with motion controls and the general feeling that everything is life-sized and under your control.
If the game can replicate Fortnite’s popularity in virtual reality, it could be a coup for Facebook and BigBox VR in a space where the social networking giant has traditionally been used.