POPULATION: ONE, the hit battle royale shooter from BigBox VR, goes free-to-play subsequent month on the Quest platform.
Initially launched in late 2020, Inhabitants: One has basically develop into VR’s de facto battle royale, bringing large-scale cross-platform battles to Quest and SteamVR headsets.
Now Meta-owned studio BigBox VR says it’s going free-to-play on Quest 2 and Quest Professional beginning on March ninth, which may also embody a bunch of recent goodies to earlier homeowners of the sport, coming along with an replace which is able to embody new content material.
Notably, it’s not going free-to-play on PC VR platforms; each the Oculus Rift and Steam model of the sport can be priced at $20 beginning March ninth, which is a $10 low cost from the unique worth.
These PC variations will embody 1,200 ($20) price of the in-game forex Bureau Gold (BG), one thing the studio says is being finished to stop potential cheaters from simply making a brand new account on Steam/Rift platforms.
All homeowners of the sport earlier than the March ninth at 10AM PT free-to-play replace will get a bundle, known as the ‘Authentic Banana Bundle Rewards’, which the studio estimates at an $80 worth. This consists of:
- Legendary “PJ Potassium” Character Pores and skin
- Legendary “Status” Character Skins (4)
- Uncommon “Status” Full Gun Set (14)
- Unique Title: “Authentic Banana”
- Unique Calling Card: “Celebration”
- Unique Spray: “I Was Right here”
- 1,000 Bureau Gold
- Full Entry to the Stage Development Observe
There’s additionally a bunch of recent content material coming to the sport to kick off the free-to-play replace on March ninth, together with a brand new single participant mode with dynamic bots and in-game rewards, new participant lobbies, a bigger sandbox restrict of 12 and 24 gamers, and an all-new store that includes over 100 new character and weapon pores and skin. You’ll be able to take a look at the total changelog within the Meta blogpost.
As for the upcoming roadmap, BigBox VR says each a Sandbox Battle Royale Mode and Sandbox Battle Royale Playlist are slated to reach on March thirtieth. The studio says we must also count on new weapons, updates on the Evolving Map, Sandbox options & modes, and matchmaking enhancements within the close to future.