Onverse is updating its free virtual world with fresh additions that solidify the company’s desire to augment its game features. The company's founder and CEO, Steve Pierce, said the new virtual pets and an action/shooter game called IceFall demonstrate not only the company’s goals for its virtual world, which is only three months into beta, but its drive as well.
"This update was really important for us," Pierce said. "We wanted to continue to show that we can crank out quality content with our realistic pets, but to also start showing our direction towards games. Games are our true passion and we wanted to showcase our ability to make them and attach them to our world."
Both Onverse Pets and IceFall are accessible via the Hub, the world’s central area. The pets provide both active and passive companionship. In IceFall, players can compete for points in a last-person-standing snowball fight, watch contests in progress, and challenge other players to matches.
In a conversation with Virtual Worlds News last June, Pierce first described his desire to gradually evolve Onverse from a social platform to more of a gaming platform. But while the company is moving relatively quickly ahead on plans to build more games into the world, Pierce is ever cognizant of the world’s social focus. "Onverse (the world) is the social core. We want to give gamers many different options to play, but they can always come back to the core to hang out with their friends and spend the rewards they've earned on items for their avatars or homes."
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