This is the Daydream VR Newsflash for week 19 of 2017!

The biggest Daydream news of last week was the that Google acquires the popular VR Game Studio Owlchemy Labs!

Google has acquired Owlchemy Labs, which created the big VR titles Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.
Owlchemy Labs, was founded in 2010, has already raised $5 million via seed funding from such big names as Qualcomm Ventures and HTC. But even after the acquisition, the company will continue to do what it does best — releasing VR games for multiple platforms — but this time with backing from Google.

“We’re very excited to continue to do that with the support of Google behind us,” a spokesperson of the company said, adding that it has a host of original games in the pipeline and in the prototype phase which will continue as they are.
Google is also equally excited about the acquisition, saying that Owlchemy’s team has created award-winning games that are not only interactive but also thoughtful, intuitive and set in a natural environment.

So since the Owlchemy games focus on full-motion hand tracking, something that Daydream VR does not yet support, this acquisition may clear the way for Google’s investment into next-generation VR, which might be a newer version of Daydream or even an entirely new platform altogether.

Without a doubt Google takes VR seriously and with all those acquisions and recents hires we can look forward to what Google has in store for VR going forward.

There is a new entry in Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’ franchise coming up and the team behind it has released a virtual reality experience called “Alien: Covenant In Utero”.

The VR video shows the birth of the neomorph alien from inside out as the alien is born and identifies its first victim. Just like the movie this is definitely not family friendly content and there’s lots of blood.

The “In Utero” feature was released last Wednesday (May 10) by FoxNext VR Studio. You can watch it from within the Daydream VR Youtube app, simply look for Alien Covenant in Utero.

“Alien: Covenant” launches May 19 and follows the crew of the Covenant, a colony ship, hoping to start a new life on a distant planet on the other side of the galaxy.
And we had a launch that I am personally very excited about! Vicarious, the social media app for VR is finally available in the Google Play store! I had already interviewed the Vicarious CEO a couple of weeks ago when the app was still in beta but now, anybody can share their life in glorious VR!

Think of Vicarious as the Instagram of VR. You will feel right at home here, Vicarious does not reinvent the wheel when it comes to social media apps. You can follow people, people can follow you, there is a stream and trending content.

But what’s great is that there is finally an app that helps people to express themselves in VR and create content for consumption in VR. You can create stories that consist of images, 360 degree panoramas or videos. Add your music and any text you want and your VR story is ready for your followers to enjoy. Completely in VR, which actually is quite the difference. Not only in terms of size but for sure also in terms of engagement with the content, since you allow your followers to step into you world.

Vicarious is available for free on the Daydream playstore now and there will definitely be more coverage on Daydream District soon. Look out for “daydreamdist” if you would like to have a look at my last weekend trip to Belgium in VR!

And that’s it for this week’s Daydram VR newsflash!

 

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