Two weeks in the past social VR platform AltspaceVR hosted what was supposed to be its final gathering earlier than shutting down. Now, it seems that it gained’t be shutting down in any respect.
AltspaceVR announced its planned closure in late July, noting that the corporate had been unsuccessful in elevating additional funds wanted to maintain the platform going. Yesterday, the builders posted a blog update asserting the app’s obvious revival. Within the publish, the corporate states that it’s “deep in discussions” with those who “want to guarantee that our virtual oasis stays open,” although no new spherical of funding was formally announced.
Regardless of this, the corporate notes that it feels “confident” in saying the app is not going to be closing down.
Precisely who’s serious about saving the corporate is unknown. The day after the closure was announced Oculus Rift inventor Palmer Luckey took to Twitter to ask if he ought to attempt to save the platform, placing it all the way down to a Twitter ballot. Of the 5,493 votes given, 67% voted yes. Luckey additionally retweeted the news that the corporate had been saved however didn’t make clear if he had aided it.
Ought to I attempt to save @AltspaceVR? (caveat: is probably not doable)
— Palmer Luckey (@PalmerLuckey) July 29, 2017
We’ve reached out to AltspaceVR to seek out out extra in regards to the news, and we’ll replace this story with any additional info.
AltspaceVR did have one group of individuals to thank; the group. ” You all made this occur by sharing reminiscences, movies, tweets, and emails,” the weblog publish reads. “So many of you wrote to us asking if they could donate or help. You told the world how much AltspaceVR meant to you and how you had made good memories and lasting friendships. Your messages of encouragement brought us smiles during a pretty gloomy time.”
The app was available throughout a variety of VR headsets, from high-end PC devices to cell kits and was fully free to make use of. It allowed users to fulfill up on-line as custom-made avatars and speak to one another, attending events or simply hanging out. Its closure had raised questions on the way forward for social VR as an entire, and people questions nonetheless stay regardless of this revival.
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