Virtual Reality Games on the Rise

Development of virtual reality gaming content has more than doubled among in the past year, according to the Game Developers Conference's State of the Industry survey.

April 6, 2018

Virtual Reality Games on the Rise

Ubisoft partners for original VR content after Game Developers Conference reports rise in VR content.

Development of virtual reality gaming content has more than doubled among in the past year, according to the Game Developers Conference's State of the Industry survey.

Sixteen percent of developers surveyed were currently developing VR content, up from 7 percent in last year’s survey.

In line with this trend, SpectreVision, a production company co-founded by actor Elijah Wood, announced on Friday a new partnership with leading game developer Ubisoft. SpectreVision team will work with Ubisoft’s FunHouse Studio to create, develop and produce interactive VR content inspired by Ubisoft and SpectreVision IP, as well as develop new projects.

“We’re thrilled to partner with an industry leader like Ubisoft to explore the innovative and burgeoning technology that is virtual reality,” says Lisa Whalen, chief executive officer, SpectreVision. “The diversity of Ubisoft’s portfolio of titles, from ‘Assassin’s Creed’ to ‘Zombi,’ makes for an ideal partnership with SpectreVision’s varied creative vision,

as evidenced in films such as

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

and

Cooties

. Together, we can tell an infinite number of unique stories in a bold and original new format.”

Despite the growing popularity of VR, the GDC survey found that PC and mobile are still the top platform choices for developers. Of those surveyed, 52 percent of developers are currently working on a game for PC, down from 56 percent last year, and 44 percent are currently working on smartphone and tablet games, down from 50 percent last year. Meanwhile, consoles continue to be popular platforms for developers with approximately 23-27 percent working on titles for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The survey also highlights the growing confident in the e-sports genre as a sustainable, long-term business with 88 percent of developers, up from 79 percent last year, affirming their confidence in it.

The State of the Industry survey highlights industry trends ahead of GDC 2016, which will take place March 14-18 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Calif.

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