Jonathan Blow Finds it ‘Difficult’ to see Positive in Facebook Buying Oculus

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Braid developer Jonathan Blow has commented on the news of Facebook buying Oculus Rift creators Oculus VR, stating that he finds it ‘difficult’ to see how the acquisition can be a good thing. The social networking giant recently announced that it would be buying the virtual reality (VR) specialists for a total of $2 billion USD, although has pledged that it won’t radically alter Oculus VR’s plans in the near future.

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“In terms of Facebook itself being a player, I find it difficult to see how that is a good thing,” Blow told NowGamer, “but we can always be surprised, and people I know who work at Oculus seem to be optimistic.”

Blow is currently working on The Witness, a first-person puzzle title for both the PlayStation 4 and PC. He hasn’t made any statements about if his project will support either platform’s headsets. He’s also not the first indie developer to voice his concern; Minecraft creator Markus Persson announced that he had cancelled plans for a potential port of his title to the platform after hearing about the deal.

VRFocus asked other groups of indie developers on their opinions of the deal and saw a generally positive response. VRFocus will continue to follow all of the news surrounding VR and bring it to you.

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