Tony Stark is a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist and it seems he’s using some of that cash to buy some headlines in the video game space. First came the news that EA’s Motive studio is making a AAA Iron Man game, and now Comic Book Video Games 2020 Game of the Year, Marvel’s Iron Man VR, is getting a new home. Ryan Payton, the founder of Camouflaj, announced that the studio behind Marvel’s Iron Man VR has now joined the Oculus Studios family. Not only that, the once PSVR exclusive title is coming to the Meta Quest 2 platform starting November 3rd. The port is a collaborate effort between Camouflaj, Endeavour One, Marvel Games and Sony who published the original game for their PSVR unit. Marvel’s Iron Man VR will join former PlayStation exclusive comic book games Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales as platform exclusives that will find new homes this year.
From Ryan Payton:
Shedding our independence was never the plan when I started Camouflaj back in 2011, but everything changed after we met the crew at Oculus Studios who have treated us with nothing but kindness and respect since we first partnered with them to bring REPUBLIQUE VR to Oculus Go in 2018.
Throughout the past year, I became convinced that becoming part of Meta allows us to fully commit to our long-term VR ambitions, and that our values of creating high quality, meaningful games perfectly align with the values of our new colleagues at Meta.
I will continue on as studio head of Camouflaj, helping my colleagues ship MARVEL’S IRON MAN VR for Meta Quest 2 this holiday while focusing my creative efforts on our biggest game yet—an unannounced title that we hope to reveal sometime within the next year or two.
In the meantime, I just want to express my sincere appreciation for all your support over the past decade. Here’s to many more years of Camouflaj!
This news comes as a bit of a blow to Marvel’s Iron Man VR publisher Sony who are beginning to ramp up production of their upcoming PSVR2 headset. Due to the hardware differences between the first and second iterations of Sony’s VR technology, PSVR titles will not be forwards compatible with the PSVR2. What that means is that pre-existing copies of Marvel’s Iron Man VR will not run natively on PSVR2. With Camouflaj now a member of Oculus Studios, they will more than likely want to keep the studios’ output locked to Meta Quest 2 going forward, but if Sony is willing to play ball and get a game they published on competing hardware, it’s not exactly out of the realm of possibility that players will suit up as Iron Man once more on PSVR2.
We at Comic Book Video Games would like to wish the best to Ryan Payton and all of the hardworking team members at Camouflaj on finding a new place to call home.