National investment group Mercia Technologies PLC, one of the UK’s most active technology investors, is pleased to announce that its direct investment nDreams, the award-winning virtual reality (VR) developer and publisher, has set up a dedicated team to create VR games and experiences for the fast-growing location-based entertainment (LBE) market. The first two titles, Shooty Fruity Arcade and Perfect Balloon Flight, will hit arcades in the coming months.
Shooty Fruity Arcade sees the critically acclaimed home VR game tailored specifically for an over-the-top arcade experience, giving even more people the chance to prove their skills as a mutant fruit-shooting checkout assistant! nDreams has joined forces with the likes of Ctrl V, VR Junkies, SynthesisVR and SpringboardVR as key arcade partners, with the game launching this winter.
Developed in partnership with Starbreeze, Perfect Balloon Flight takes people on a virtual flight of a lifetime across idyllic environments. Following on from the bestselling Perfect VR experience for home headsets, Perfect Balloon Flight will be enhanced by a physical balloon basket and 4D effects in several arcades.
Patrick O’Luanaigh, CEO of nDreams, said: “With VR arcade experiences growing in popularity, now is the perfect time to reveal what we have been working on for location-based entertainment. Whilst we continue to work hard on creating new titles for PC and console headsets, including our recently announced involvement with the Oculus Quest, LBE content has become a key vertical for us as we strengthen our position as a leading VR developer and publisher.”
Mike Hayes, Head of Digital & Digital Entertainment at Mercia, said: “We are delighted to support nDreams as it continues to make commercial progress with the release of these exciting new VR arcade experiences. The development of its key partnerships with some of the industry’s leading names, such as Oculus, bolsters its growing reputation in the VR market and will reinforce our ability to build significant shareholder value over the medium term.”