The acquisition of developer “Shooty Fruity” is the start of nDreams’ new expansion plans.
In March, British VR game developer Ndreams (Fracked, Phantom: Covert Ops) received a $35 million investment from Aonic Group. The sum is intended primarily for the development of even bigger and more ambitious VR games. At the time, co-founder Patrick O’Luanaigh spoke of a watershed moment for the company: Virtual reality was on its way to becoming a mainstream technology.
Part of this strategy is cooperative ghost hunting Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord for Meta Quest 2 and PlayStation VR 2. In addition, the company from Farnborough near London is also active as a VR publisher, for example for Little Cities by developer Purple Yonder (review). The title has cleverly transposed the principle of the cozy construction game into virtual reality. Later, Purple Yonder delivered a successful hand tracking interface.
Creative VR games for PC, Quest 2 and PSVR2
Small creative projects are also not neglected internally at nDreams. That’s why the company announced the acquisition of the VR Near Light studio in Brighton, England. The team is already working on an as yet unreleased VR title. Further details or a trade-in sum were not mentioned. nDreams has distributed experimental VR games from the developer in the past.
fruity shootyfor example, mixed silly Job Simulator-style physics experiences with wild aggressive fruit shootouts in 2018. Near Light accompanied the launch of the first PlayStation VR with Perfect in 2016. The relaxation app sends users to vacation destinations with scenic views.
Previously, parts of the team worked on similar game series for beginners with creative innovations. These include EyeToy Play, SingStar and Guitar Hero.
The ambitious expansion shows the the company’s confidence in the future of virtual reality, says the announcement. The deal represents only the start of new investments, he said. It will go to both internal development and the publishing arm of the company.
Other acquisitions are underway at nDreams
“For other development studios with whom we are also aligned on vision and strategy, there is certainly potential for further acquisitions in our future,” said Patrick O’Luanaigh, CEO of nDreams.
Near Light co-founder Paul Mottram is already looking forward to developing things “no one has done before”. He says his company’s philosophy is in line with how nDreams and its chief O’Luanaigh want to produce games and build teams.
Investor Aonic stressed during the launch of the game studio family in February that the intention was not to interfere with the company in the development process. Other investment objects besides Ndreams include mobile game developer TutoTOONS and mobile advertising company AddApptr.
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