Three industry veterans, specifically veterans of first-person shooter games, have formed a new VR game studio based in Seattle called Drifter Entertainment.
The founders include Ray Davis, Kenneth Scott, and Brian Murphy. Collectively, the team have spent their careers building platforms including HoloLens, Oculus Rift, Xbox One, and Unreal Engine 4, as well as experiences like Gears of War, Doom 3, Halo 4, and Bullet Train. They aim to leverage that experience with Drifter.
Ray Davis, former CTO at Microsoft on the HoloLens Project accompanied the announcement with the following statement:
“We’re passionate about the opportunity to finally bring our vision to life. Virtual reality represents a rare opportunity to build an entirely new generation of game experiences to completely immerse yourself in. We’re combining our expertise in crafting incredibly polished games along with our early expertise with VR to build some truly amazing (and fun!) games for these emerging platforms.”
The aim of the studio isn’t to just build VR games, it’s to bring the field of e-sports to virtual reality. This isn’t to say all of its game will center around e-sports, but the studio at first will likely largely focus on shooters.
Scott said the following about what the studio wants to do in an interview with VentureBeat.
“We like to shoot things, and that is the territory we are likely to march into.”
“Teleportation works well, but nobody is excited about it. We’d like to build a shooter that embraces teleportation and turns it into a first-class feature.”
Currently, the company has about five working for it, but has immediate plans to start drastically growing its team.
As for the name, according to VB, the founders say the idea was for it to evoke the image of Clint Eastwood in films such as High Plains Drifter. But rather than drift around the Wild West, you would drift through from one universe and another in VR.
You can visit the studio’s official website here.