A Leeds-based games business has helped bring the new Angry Birds PlayStation®VR game to life.
XR Games, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Virtual Reality and Rovio Entertainment, is behind ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2: Under Pressure VR’ game for PlayStation®VR’ which launched this month alongside the film.
The game leverages the PlayStation VR Social Screen feature to enhance the increasingly popular couch co-op genre. ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2 VR: Under Pressure’ combines VR and TV play to create a new team working experience.
One player uses the PlayStation VR headset, while up to three friends play the same game simultaneously on the same TV using the connected PlayStation®4 system and DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controllers. It is the first game to make use of all of these technologies.
Bobby Thandi, Founder and CEO at XR Games, said: “VR is an exciting medium, but there are not yet enough games that can be enjoyed with family and friends in the real world.
“We saw an opportunity to introduce new players to PS VR by making a game in which VR and TV players have different viewpoints and responsibilities within the same funny, team-spirited game. Rovio’s Angry Birds IP, Sony Pictures ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ film, and PlayStation VR’s Social Screen feature all combine to give the perfect shared VR experience in your home. We’re super-excited to launch our game alongside the film’s release this summer.”
To support the growth of his business, Bobby joined the NatWest Accelerator which assists businesses in their growth and scale ambitions. Fully funded by NatWest, the six-month programme is open to entrepreneurs of any age and at any stage of their business, including larger companies with higher turnovers. The Accelerator provides successful applicants with coaching and support and office facilities, if needed, at its base on Park Cross Street, Leeds.
Following the initial six-month programme, XR Games was selected for the NatWest #PowerUp Index. Although the NatWest network has supported more than 10,000 entrepreneurs across all of its support programmes, it’s a real achievement for XR Games to be ranked 9th nationwide.
The top 100 reflects businesses and founders that stand out for having a significant impact on their local communities and on the national economy, showing impressive growth, and demonstrating the behaviours and qualities that we expect of the country’s future business leaders.
Bobby said: “The mentoring side of things has been extremely important to me. My mentor Dan (Burton) has been great for advice, to bounce ideas off and work through problems with. For me, that has been the programme’s biggest take away.”
Dan Burton, Scale Up Manager at NatWest, said: “It’s an incredibly exciting time for Bobby and XR Games with the launch of the new VR game.
“Bobby came to us with a clear vision for his established business and we have we been able to work with him as the business has grown by helping him connect with people who can help his business and challenging his ideas where needed. He has done all of this with a positive mindset that will no doubt continue to propel him forward.”