Dean Hall, the developer of DayZ and founder of RocketWerkz, has come out in defence of VR developers who make exclusivity deals due to the fact he says “there is no money in it.”
There is no money in it. I don’t mean ‘money to go buy a Ferrari’. I mean ‘money to make payroll’. People talk about developers who have taken Oculus/Facebook/Intel money like they’ve sold out and gone off to buy an island somewhere. The reality is these developers made these deals because it is the only way their games could come out.
Some games like SUPERHOT have made platform exclusivity deals in order to actually have a financial return for their own time and investment. A lot of other studios looking at VR are making similar deals just to ensure their game will be released while keeping their studios open.
When it comes to his own VR title, Out of Ammo Hall confirms that the game reached expectations but still remained unprofitable.
From our standpoint, Out of Ammo has exceeded our sales predictions and achieved our internal objectives. However, it has been very unprofitable. It is extremely unlikely that it will ever be profitable. We are comfortable with this, and approached it as such. We expected to lose money and we had the funding internally to handle this. Consider then that Out of Ammo has sold unusually well compared to many other VR games.
When it comes to what Dean Hall and RocketWerkz future plans are for VR titles, he said
Honestly, I don’t think I want to make any more VR games. Our staff who work on VR games all want to rotate off after their work is done. Privately, developers have been talking about this but nobody seems to feel comfortable talking about it publicly – which I think will ultimately be bad.
Right now, there is a battle on between the VR platforms with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive fighting for the PC market while PlayStation VR has the PlayStation 4. Microsoft’s offering might rock the boat for console and PC with their more affordable headsets and modest system requirements coming soon to Windows 10 PC, and who knows perhaps Xbox One. Valve is also trying to lock up the PC market with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift being able to use Steam based VR games.