HTC is not going to wait around for people to make virtual reality content. Instead, the HTC Vive maker has announced Vive Studios; where it will publish VR games. Kicking off the effort is a collection of mini-games being sold under the title Arcade Saga.
As is becoming the trend, Arcade Saga collects a series of short games under a single umbrella. This time there are 3D versions of Breakout and Pong, as well as the increasingly common archery style game.
Arcade Saga was developed by 2 Bears, an internal developer for Vive Studios. According to a report by Venturebeat, HTC is looking to adopt the same model used by Sony Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft. Both these console makers act as first party publishers, which allows them to accelerate the creation of their own game eco-system.
HTC is looking to emulate this success, and has recruited industry veterans from Microsoft, Rockstar Games, and Midway. Fortunately, HTC is not alone in its efforts to establish a stronger VR game eco-system. Valve has similarly been pushing VR compatibility for games using its Steam platform.
Arcade Saga is now available on Steam and Viveport in China.