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Virtual Reality News Roundup: VR Flakes November 20, 2021

Welcome to this week's issue of the VR Flakes Newsletter. Our goal is to deliver the best virtual reality news from this week, all in one place. Get this delivered to your inbox every Saturday along with a surprise inside. Subscribe below on mobile or on the right if you’re on a desktop.

More advancements and insights in the realm of metaverse in this week's roundup, as well as several new VR experiences you must try. And there's a much-anticipated VR game coming out real soon. Let’s get started.

Metaverse could be a multi-trillion dollar industry says Epic CEO

We’ve heard great enthusiasm about the metaverse from Mark Zuckerberg. He had renamed and rebranded his big-name company from Facebook to Meta Platforms Inc. The intention is to shift the focus of Facebook from its branding as a social media platform into creating the metaverse ecosystem for everyone. With that said, what do other big tech names think about it?

Another CEO came to back Zuckerberg’s claim to the glorious creation of the metaverse and how it impacts this industry. Epic Games' Tim Sweeney is one of the first to weigh in on the metaverse. The CEO thinks the metaverse is huge. It will make a significant contribution to the industry. It has the potential to be a multi-trillion-dollar industry, according to the CEO.

“The next three years are going to be critical for all of the metaverse-aspiring companies like Epic, Roblox, Microsoft, Facebook…… It’s kind of a race to get to a billion users, whoever brings on a billion users first, would be the presumed leader in setting the standards.”, the CEO is quoted saying in an interview.

Epic Games had the success of evolving a multiplayer game Fortnite into an online space to socialize and are now hosting big events in VR.

Vertigo Games releases 2 editions of After the Fall 

In time for the holiday season, Vertigo Games will be releasing the much-anticipated title After the Fall in not one but two editions. After the Fall will be released with the Launch Edition and the Deluxe Edition.

The standard launch edition can be pre-ordered and those who did will be able to play the game 48 hours earlier than the pre-order release on December 9th. 

The launch edition includes the following:

  • New map Harvest Run from the first season
  • New game mode
  • New weapon
  • Map for PvP mode

Deluxe edition includes:

  • Digital Artbook
  • Soundtrack
  • Exclusive weapon skin
  • ‘Fwd to the Past’ skin for Quest 2
  • PS4 theme for PS4
  • Profile avatar for PS4
  • Exclusive Steam playtest for Steam (running November 25 -27)

The launch edition and deluxe edition can be pre-ordered at a discount of 10% available on all platforms.

A new social VR startup has emerged on the market

The startup company HIKKY has announced Series A funding for the expansion of their metaverse platform, Vket Cloud. HIKKY is a Japanese social VR company led by NTT Docomo. On November 15th, the company announced that  $57 Million has been raised initially and is currently open for additional funding.

HIKKY is known for hosting big Vket events where it hosts a huge virtual marketplace for exhibitors of both digital and real-world products. The company has successfully gained the support of some big names in the global industry such as HP, Disney, Audi, and more.

The funding will help the company establish its footing as it continues to develop excellent products and expands its attempts to enter the world of the metaverse.

Dreamscapes brings new location-based VR experiences to Garden State

Dreamscape Immersive is bringing three of the best immersive experiences to Garden State

The location-based VR provider is bringing three of its most popular immersive experiences to the Garden State.

Dreamscape at AMC Garden State will be open to the public on November 19th inside the AMC Garden State 16 theatre. You can purchase advance tickets at dreamscapeimmersive.com. 

The New Jersey location has three experiences:

Alien Zoo

Curse of the Lost Pearl: A Magic Projector Adventure 

DreamWorks Dragons: Flight Academy 

There are more sites in Los Angeles, Dallas, Ohio, and Dubai, with more to come.

That’s it for this week’s VR Flakes. We hope you liked the latest virtual reality happenings this week. Tell us your thoughts about them in the comments below. More VR news coming your way next week. See you here again for another week’s roundup. Ciao VR fam!

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