Paradox CEO Thinks VR Will Be the Big Loser in 2018

Slush conference was held recently, and in a discussion with a panel of games industry leaders, they were asked predict what will be the loser and winner for 2018.

The CEO of Paradox Interactive, Fred Wester, thinks that VR will be the loser of 2018, according to an article on GamesIndustry.biz.

Deepest down in the fridge you will find virtual reality,Stone cold.” – Fred Wester

Wester also thinks that the big winners will be the gamers, who will try to ‘take the power back’ from the aggressive data collection and monetisation tactics by publishers and developers. In addition to the topic about VR, here’s what else he has to say.

When you meet VR companies these days, and say, ‘so you’re a VR company?’ They say, ‘Yeah, but we do other things as well’… VR is the best solution that you will ever see that is still looking for a problem.” – Fred Wester

Bossa Studios‘ Henrique Olifiers, who was also at the discussion, said the following:

“The reality is a subset of that. If you have a HTC Vive or whatever, you have a super [high-end] setup, it’s super expensive, it’s heavy, you’re not free [to move]. That’s a subset of the vision for VR, and that’s why adoption by the mass market is slow. People talk about strapping a mobile phone to your face. That’s even a step down [from the Vive]; that’s more difficult to accept. It’s further away from the dream.”Bossa Studios‘ Henrique Olifiers

As for Augmented Reality, to quote from the article again:

I’m always careful when the first step of a technology is so far away from the science fiction vision of it, I have no question whatsoever that AR is the future; when AR is done well, and it’s scaleable, that is the interface that we’re going to use. But this iteration of AR? Be careful with that.”Bossa Studios‘ Henrique Olifiers

Bossa Studios’ Surgeon Simulator VR: Meet The Medic

Paradox Interactive’s portfolio includes various strategy titles, such as Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, Cities Skylines, Europa Universalis, Hearts of Iron, Stellaris etc. Bossa Studios’ portfolio includes games like Worlds A Drift, Purrfect Date, I am Bread, Surgeon Simulator, Decksplash and Spy Watch. Between the two, only Bossa Studios has dipped their toes into VR with the release of Surgeon Simulator VR: Meet the Medic.

In 2018, various events are scheduled to happen in the VR gaming industry. Oculus and HTC has plans to release their standalone VR headsets “Oculus Go”, “Oculus Santa Cruz” and “HTC Vive Focus”. Games like Skyrim VR, Budget Cut and Marvel Power United are slated for release on Oculus Rift and/or HTC Vive, while The Inpatient and Bravo Team are set to be releasing on Playstation VR. Delays aside, we should be seeing release of Valve’s knuckle SteamVR motion controller, LG’s unnamed SteamVR headset, Lenovo’s mobile VR headset that will run on Google Daydream platform too.