Meta and its child-studio Prepared at Daybreak at the moment introduced plans to close down the favored free-to-play multiplayer recreation Echo VR, with plans to show off severs come August 1st.

Echo VR has had a storied journey, having initially launched as an Oculus Rift unique title all the best way again in 2017. In 2020 the sport made the leap to Quest, permitting cross-play multiplayer between Rift and Quest gamers. Shortly thereafter, Meta introduced that it had acquired the sport’s developer, Prepared at Daybreak.

And although it stands as one of many best-rated and hottest free titles on the Quest retailer, Meta has introduced it plans to close the sport down for good on August 1st. Based on the announcement from Prepared at Daybreak, the primary purpose behind the deliberate shuttering is as a result of the studio is “coming collectively to concentrate on our subsequent venture.”

Though not talked about particularly, it’s onerous to think about that the broader layoffs at Meta (and different main tech corporations) has nothing to do with the announcement. Particularly contemplating that Prepared at Daybreak launched its final recreation, Lone Echo II, greater than a yr in the past; ostensibly the studio has been nicely at work on its “subsequent venture” for fairly a while now.

Along with being one of many platform’s hottest free multiplayer video games, Echo VR additionally had one of the crucial strong in-app buy choices of any VR title to date, with a battlepass-style system that allowed gamers to pay for the possibility to unlock beauty rewards over the course of seven seasons. Sadly the studio has confirmed that refunds for in-game content material won’t be provided.

Picture courtesy Prepared at Daybreak, Oculus

As a parting present, no less than, the studio says gamers who play the sport between now and when it shuts down will obtain a heap of premium beauty gadgets at no cost:

From now till August 1, 2023, play only one match of both Echo Fight or Enviornment to unlock:

  • All Epic + Excellent rarity chassis/booster/bracer units from Echo Cross seasons 1–6
    Season 7 rewards to be launched at a later date

The next rewards will NOT be included within the occasion

  • VRML rewards

Leveling Monitor

  • We’ll now be granting all leveling observe gadgets at lvl 1 so everybody positive aspects entry to those rewards with out impacting matchmaking high quality.

Echo Store

  • We’ll place all legendary chassis/booster/bracer units on the market on the Echo Store at diminished costs till the sport shuts down.

And final however not least, Prepared at Daybreak confirmed that Echo Fight, the lesser-played FPS variant of the sport (which by no means made the leap to Quest) may even be shutting down as of August 1st, and is already not obtainable for buy.