Facebook acquires Beat Saber developer Beat Games

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What makes me a little sad is that it's likely whatever Beat Games does next is likely to be exclusive to the Oculus platforms, and I'm not ready to shell out for another VR headset just yet.

Facebook is quick to note that this acquisition will not change anything about Beat Saber.

"Beat Saber" originally started out with an EDM-heavy music catalog, including many original tracks composed by the studio's co-founder Jaroslav Beck.

"VR reimagines old genres and invents new ones", Verdu said.

Now the developer, Beat Games, is bought by Facebook, but the studio is not going to become another gear in the machine of the social media giant. Apparently, the mindset internally centers on looking at the situation as an indie team joining "like-minded allies" to push VR in new and interesting directions. It also intimated that it was considering acquiring other studios, stating it's "exploring many ways to accelerate VR" and "this is just the beginning".

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Mike Verdu, director of content at Oculus, is betting that Beat Games can keep coming up with bigger and bigger hits.

Beat Games had begun expansion by partnering with musicians to release their songs as levels in the game, partnering with artists like Imagine Dragons and Panic at the Disco to bring paid level packs to Beat Saber. "We are very happy that Beat Games can strengthen our team".

In regards to mods, Verdu says that Facebook understands that Beat Saber mods are popular and is hoping to "preserve the value that mods bring to the Beat Saber player base".

What is Mean For The Future of Beat Games?

"They have only scratched the surface with "Beat Saber" in terms of social features, new modes, music, and more", Verdu stated. The title will still be supported on multiple platforms and updates will still be handled as they are today. On modding, there will still be some openness though any mods that breach the rules by using unauthorised content, infringe on IP rights, or contain malicious code will not be allowed.

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