Facebook has unveiled Horizon, a new social VR world coming to Oculus Quest and the Rift Platform in 2020.
The social media giant said the project is “ a culmination of what we’ve learned so far about virtual spaces and communities, [and] the first step into an ever-expanding world of connection and exploration where anything becomes possible.”
Before stepping into Horizon for the first time, people will design their own avatars from an array of style and body options to ensure everyone can fully express their individuality. From there, magic-like portals—called telepods—will transport people from public spaces to new worlds filled with adventure and exploration. At first, people will hop into games and experiences built by Facebook, like Wing Strikers, a multiplayer aerial experience.
People will also jump into various other Horizon worlds, built using the World Builder, a collection of easy-to-use creator tools. Everyone will have the power to build new worlds and activities, from tropical hangout spots to interactive action arenas, all from scratch—no previous coding experience needed. Whether people choose to build, play, or simply hang out, Horizon will ensure a welcoming environment through new safety tools and human guides — Horizon Locals —to answer questions and provide assistance, if needed.
The Horizon beta will open early next year.
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