Award–winning development studio aims to broaden the appeal of VR with new game pushing the competitive nature of the platform
SEATTLE – March 21, 2023 – Polyarc, the acclaimed studio behind the Moss franchise, today opened playtest signups for a new competitive multiplayer game currently in development for VR. Doubling down on the VR market, Polyarc’s next game gives new and existing competitive gamers something to look forward to in the VR space. Players can now sign up to participate in the closed playtest taking place the weekend of April 14-16, 2023.
“We are happy to see that the audience for VR continues to grow, now counting in the tens of millions of players, with more user-friendly and accessible headsets being released every year,” said Tam Armstrong, co-founder and CEO, Polyarc. “As a game development studio that aspires to create games for everyone, we want to find ways to reach more of the audience within VR and even create space for new folks to join us there. With that in mind, the greater number of players gives us the opportunity to try ideas we have for multiplayer gameplay that can offer more to competitive players.”
Following the studio’s success in establishing a puzzle platforming genre truly designed for VR with the Moss franchise—which includes two of the all-time top-rated VR games, Moss and Moss: Book II—Polyarc is now diversifying its development portfolio to include a competitive multiplayer game. Their unannounced project is something the team has been excited to develop since the studio’s inception in 2015, but first the player base needed to grow large enough to support multiplayer games of this nature.
“It’s apparent observing the community of players out there and receiving some of our own feedback that there are a lot of gamers in VR who are looking for and want to play more competitive multiplayer games,” said Armstrong. “We are excited about this opportunity, as VR offers interesting considerations for multiplayer games. The ability to read the other player’s focus and intention as they move their head and hands are some of the elements that make playing games in person so compelling. We are looking forward to sharing what we’ve been working on and the fun we’ve been having playing it.”
Interested players can sign up now to participate in the next playtest taking place the weekend of April 14-16, 2023.
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Polyarc, located in Seattle, was founded in 2015 to explore the energizing and momentous creative possibilities of virtual and augmented reality, and to champion a culture where deep collaboration, creative expression, and high player value are at the forefront of every innovation. Polyarc self-published Moss in 2018 which ranks as one of the top-rated VR games of all time and has received more than 100 global industry awards and nominations. Its critically acclaimed 2022 sequel, Moss: Book II, has won multiple major industry awards including The Game Awards’ Best VR/AR Game and the VR Awards’ VR Game of the Year. Polyarc’s team is made up of talented developers with deep experience working on well-known, AAA franchises such as Destiny, Halo, Red Dead Redemption, and Guild Wars. https://www.polyarcgames.com/