Meta has announced that it will end Oculus Quest support for the virtual reality (VR) battle-royale genre game, Population One. This was also confirmed by the game's developer, BigBox VR, who said the game will no longer be playable on Quest 1 starting October 31, 2022.
BigBox VR says Population One support needs to be discontinued in order to focus on developing new experiences “that will push the boundaries of multiplayer VR.”
However, the company notes Quest 1 players will still be able to play the game via VR-enabled PCs. The game also supports cross-buy, where the PC version can be made available via Air Link and Oculus Link.
As the game ends, Meta offers a Population One refund for Quest 1 players. The requirement is that the game must be purchased within the last six months on the Quest Store.
The discontinuation of Population: One raises the question of whether other developers will soon discontinue the game for the Quest 1 device, which is three years old.
Caiti Sullivan, a spokeswoman for Meta, said the company is currently “working on the details of an extensive end-of-process ecosystem,” quoted from The Verge (8/8). “Other developers who choose to end support for apps in Quest 1 will be able to do so.”
Regardless, Population: One is still playable in Quest 2, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Rift S.
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