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First Contact, The Developer Behind Firewall Shuts Down Studio Due To “Lack Of Support For VR Within The Industry”

This one might hurt PSVR enthusiasts. First Contact, the VR-focused game developer behind the Firewall games, has announced on Facebook that it is closing its doors “by the end of the year,” mainly because of “the lack of support for VR within the industry” now has taken a toll on the Los Angeles-based studio, according to GameIndustry.Biz’s reporting.

“I’m sad to announce that we will be closing our company, First Contact Entertainment, by the end of the year. The lack of support for VR within the industry has eventually taken its toll. As a AAA VR game developer, we [cannot] justify the expense needed going forward. We are a team of fearless innovators willing to push new technologies to its limits. I am extremely proud of the team and grateful to our investors, our partners and, of course, our community of dedicated and passionate players,” First Contact said in a Facebook post.

First Contact was founded in 2016 by former Starbreeze employees, the same year Sony first launched the  PSVR for the PS4. The team, alongside publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment, launched its first game for PSVR, Firewall Zero Hour, in 2018 and would later launch Solaris Offworld Combat in 2021, both on PS4. The studio recently launched Firewall Ultra on PS5 via PSVR2 during the hardware’s launch year back in August. Before its closure, First Contact announced its next game, Solaris: Offworld Combat 2, a VR multiplayer first-person shooter with a release window or official platforms, according to Gematsu.