Studios need to get their projects out to as many customers as possible to gain revenue, doing so by supporting multiple headsets as well as appearing on numerous sales platforms. Location-based entertainment (LBE) is another avenue has proved fruitful for a number of virtual reality (VR) studios. Today, Vive Studios has announced a partnership with Synthesis VR to distribute its content VR management and licensing platform.
Synthesis VR is a dedicated LBE VR platform designed to help VR arcades with online and offline booking, customer retention via customer management features, gift card and membership functionalities; cater to multiple experiences and also capture and stream real-time gameplay.
With Vive Studios now onboard, titles such as Front Defense and Front Defense: Heroes (developed by Fantahorn Studio) will now be made available to any entertainment venue using the Synthesis VR system. Both of these titles will have their different use cases in a VR arcade. Front Defense is a WWII-era first-person shooter (FPS) with a single-player campaign. Originally released in 2017 for HTC Vive, Front Defense puts you in the role of an Allied Forces hero defending a fictional European town against an entire Axis armoured division.
Front Defense: Heroes, on the other hand, is a multiplayer experience offering 5 vs 5 multiplayer, with multiple maps to fight on and the option to play as the Allies or the Axis powers. Game modes include Capture the Flag, Death Match and Defense Mission. They reviewed the title in 2017, giving it three stars, noting: “In comparison to Front Defense, Front Defense: Heroes is certainly a step up, offering a far more dynamic experience than its single-player sibling, it’s just not quite the standout experience it could’ve been.”
Vive Studios has helped to publish several other titles including Jam Studio VR, Super Puzzle Galaxy, Arcade Saga, Operation Apex and Knockout League. All of which could come to LBE venues thanks to the collaboration.
Synthesis VR has also revealed a studio partnership with Dutajaya Media, offering a pay per play (PPP) licensing option to LBVR operators through the platform. Two videogames will be available, Dimensions 13, a 2-4 player co-op, and Verxus, a 4-6 player PvP experience.