Facebook shutters Oculus Story Studio strange VR calm division

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Virtual existence might be in unfortunate need of some content, yet Facebook’s Oculus will now be focusing a efforts on investing in rather than creating virtual reality.

Oculus VP of Content Jason Rubin announced currently that a company will shut down its award-winning cinematic VR division, Oculus Story Studio.

“After clever consideration, we’ve motionless to change a concentration divided from inner calm origination to support more outmost production,” Rubin wrote. “As partial of that shift, we’ll be circuitous down Story Studio.”

At a Oculus Connect developer discussion in October, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg minute that a association had already invested some-more than $250 million in strange VR calm and would be putting another entertain billion into strange calm plays as it looked to give Rift and Gear VR users something to watch on their headsets.

Rubin sum that $50 million of a committed supports will now be set aside for a association to deposit exclusively in non-gaming, interactive content.

Oculus Story Studio was founded in 2014 to try creating original cinematic calm for a practical existence company. Last year a studio won an Emmy for a charcterised brief Henry, a Pixar-esque story about a irritated hedgehog that loves to give hugs.

In a midst of formulating a latest project, Dear Angelica, a Story Studio group combined an endless VR portrayal product called Quill that authorised users to create content inside practical reality. As a partial of a shutdown, Quill will continue to be accessible for download in a Oculus store, yet will no longer be receiving updates, yet Oculus skeleton to open source a software.

The remarkable shutdown comes as a studio is in a midst of producing a fourth vital project, The Wolves in a Walls, that a association confirms has now been cancelled.

About 50 people will be let go at Oculus Story Studio as a partial of a shutdown. An Oculus orator tells TechCrunch that a employees will also be means to apply for other positions elsewhere within Oculus or Facebook.