Things are not going well.
The virtual reality (VR) industry can be a tough business, some find success, others manage to get on by, and many more fail. Last month StarVR Corporation announced the launch of its developer programme, allowing select studios to get their hands on the $3,200 USD StarVR One headset. That’s now come to an abrupt stop today.
In an official letter posted to its partners and developers via its blog, StarVR Corporation has said:
“To our valued community of developers and partners,
“We regret to inform you that the StarVR Developer Program has been put on hold until further notice.
“We believe it is the most responsible course of action to put the StarVR Developer Program on hold while our company is in the process of going private, which may entail some changes to our operations.
“Your interest and support for StarVR is greatly appreciated. We understand that many of you were looking forward to purchasing the StarVR One headset, and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
“The StarVR Team”
Where that leaves developers who have already invested in the programme is unclear, as there’s no indication the programme will start up again. For those that were thinking about joining up, it looks like you’ve dodged a bullet.
StarVR Corporation used to be a part of Starbreeze AB until it was spun off into its own separate company via a partnership with Acer. Starbreeze AB itself has been going through its own woes this week, filing for reconstruction in a bid to avoid bankruptcy as well as seeing its CEO Bo Andersson leaving.