Looks like oculus is again under the fire in new for it. This time the company tried to get the Serious Sam VR game and offered a lot to the Croteam and the VR community when heard about this shot their fiery arrows of disapproval towards oculus.
The company had received a lot of negativity back when it blocked the games which could have been available to all VR platforms through Revive.
This was the statement found on reddit made by one of the members of Croteam:
“They tried to buy Serious Sam VR as well. It wasn’t easy, but we turned down a shitton of money, as we believe that truly good games will sell by themselves and make profit in the long run regardless. And also because we hate exclusives as much as you do.”
However another Croteam member later stated this on reddit:
“I want to clarify some of the inaccuracies about our relationship with Oculus. Oculus did approach us with an offer to help fund the completion of Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope in exchange for launching first on the Oculus Store and keeping it time-limited exclusive. Their offer was to help us accelerate development of our game, with the expectation that it would eventually support all PC VR platforms. We looked at the offer and decided it wasn’t right for our team. At no time did Oculus ask for, or did we discuss total exclusivity or buyout of support from Vive. We look forward to supporting Rift and Vive.”
Oculus later responded with another statement (reached out to kitguru) by saying:
“We regularly offer developers financial grants to help fund early development of new titles to accelerate development or expand the scope of the game. In some cases, we exchange funding in return for launching on the Oculus Store first, with the expectation that the game will go on to launch on other platforms. In the case of Croteam, at no time did we request that they stop development for other platforms, and we look forward to seeing Serious Sam be successful across the entire VR ecosystem.”
While a timed exclusive is not that bad, a full time exclusivity is just not right, especially in the case of VR Platforms as for a lot of us VR headset be it HTC Vive or Oculus is in the end a peripheral and exclusivity to a peripheral is inappropriate, also the HTC Vive , the competitor VR platform does not have any exclusives.
Either ways we hope that we see more VR games coming to all VR platforms and not being exclusive to one of them.
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