The world of VR is constantly growing, and through collaborations and innovation, it’s trying to make itself something much more than a gimmick. VR titles are already a part of the video game world, and they’re slowly making their way into mainstream culture. Now, because of the spotlight it’s getting, more and more people are trying to get involved in it in a big way. For example, Austin-based VR studio Phaser Lock is teaming up with Korean game studio Smilegate in order to make a VR title.
It is the hope that this partnership is but the beginning of a series of growth for Phaser Lock, and Smilegate will be working side-by-side with them to make sure that the VR game they make is of highest quality, then handle the production and distribution of the title upon release.
“We’re excited to work with an accomplished industry veteran like Smilegate,” says Michael Daubert, CEO of Phaser Lock.
Daubert notes that Smilegate knows the Asian video game market very well, and even references their major title Crossfire as a big reason for the collaboration. Crossfire is an online first-person shooter that is actually the most-played FPS in the world today, with over 6 million players on it constantly.
Phaser Lock is also known for their titles, particularly in the VR marke. Their VR concept called, Final Approach, is an aircraft management and strategy game that was released for both the Oculus and HTC Vive. They also just released their second VR title, Twisted Arrow, which is an arcade style FPS.
Both sides agree that through their experience and collaboration that something big will come from it.
“PLI has shown innovative ways to create user-friendly interaction in virtual reality while also creating compelling game experiences,” said Joonho Sung, Group COO, Smilegate.