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Many consider Asgard’s Wrath the best VR action role-playing game. The studio acquired by Meta could be working on a successor for Meta Quest 2.
Asgard’s Wrath was released exclusively for the Meta’s Rift platform in 2019. Players dive into the world of Norse sagas. In the role of a demigod, they slip into the mortal heroes of Asgard and, alongside animal companions and with the support of Loki, complete many adventures and quests.
The title was well received. Metacritic gave Asgard’s Wrath 88 points and MIXED also named it one of the best VR games of all time. We enjoyed the attention to detail and the wide scope of the titlewhich kept them busy for dozens of hours – an exception among VR-exclusive games.
In early 2020, Meta acquired the Sanzaru Games studio. Since then, everything has been quiet in the studio, which is probably secretly working on one or more titles for Meta’s main VR platform. But what exactly is he working on?
Asgard’s Wrath: the sequel to the role-playing game on the way?
Twitter user NyaVR noticed that Meta trademarked “Worlds of Wrath” in January 2020 and extended the expiration date earlier this year. The trademark category is “virtual reality game software”.
The Worlds of Wrath brand could be an indication that Sanzaru, who joined Meta in 2020, is working on an action role-playing game set in the same universe as Asgard’s Wrath.
The word “Worlds”, one might still speculate, denotes a larger-scale project, perhaps a MMO VR Where live service game which could be gradually expanded to include new worlds with their own settings and quests.
We haven’t really heard of @SanzaruGames since 2019 (“The Wrath of Asgard”). But in 2020, they filed a trademark “Worlds of Wrath” (“virtual reality game software”). I haven’t seen this used anywhere. Is that what they’re working on? ? pic.twitter.com/yNHZCnEaZT
— NyaVR (@nya_vr_) September 4, 2022
If virtual reality is sorely lacking in one important genre, it’s role games. Meta knows this and continues to appeal to virtual reality studios to create more narrative role-playing and fantasy games. A multi-year target group study has shown that these titles attract potentially the largest group of gamers, at least in the United States.
As a result, it would make sense for Sanzaru Games to work on a vast RPG world. They’ve already proven they can do it with Asgard’s Wrath.
Meta Quest 2 needs more big games
Sanzaru Games is one of six virtual reality studios that Meta has acquired since late 2019. What this studio and other big name studios like Ready at Dawn are working on is a well kept secret.
Meta offers the prospect of many “full-featured, high-quality VR games” in the years to come. Only GTA: San Andreas and two VR spin-offs of Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell have been officially announced so far, with development on the latter title halted, according to Ubisoft. The latest gaming showcase had an indie surprise or two in store, but no bangers.
Maybe Meta will drop a bomb or two at the next Connect conference this fall. It was time anyway. There was some game highlights for Meta Quest in 2022. The last title with a big impact was the VR port of Resident Evil 4 – and that was almost a year ago.