January 23, 2018 — Wargaming and VRTech announced today the formation of Neurogaming, a global, location-based VR gaming provider with in-house technology and content expansion. The first game under development is World of Tanks VR where Wargaming brings the intense combat from its massively multiplayer online game to a completely new platform.
"With location-based VR, we make the experience more affordable and accessible," says Slava Makarov, World of Tanks creator and strategic advisor at Neurogaming. "Moreover, unlike any other developer, our biggest aim is to change the experience from one-time involvement to a long-term engaging story with co-op and competitive elements. Working with the Word of Tanks universe and creating an experience for its 180 million-strong community is a massive and exciting opportunity for us."
Neurogaming will be headquartered in Nicosia, Cyprus, with a development studio in Moscow, Russia, and already features 75 employees. To foster further growth, this year will see the company expand into Europe and the United States with new offices in Amsterdam and New York, opening during the first quarter of 2018.
Currently, Neurogaming is working on CinemaVR, a scalable, location-based entertainment VR solution focused on session-based multiplayer and co-op games. CinemaVR has already shown great potential in the location-based VR market in the CIS with 36 locations in various shopping malls and cinemas already in operation and more than 180,000 players in 2017. Neurogaming will launch its own Platform-as-a-Service for business users who plan on launching their own VR locations in 2018 to ensure further scaling of the network globally.
PolygonVR, another technology in the pipeline, is a high-end, location-based entertainment solution with a full immersion VR platform for competitive long-play multiplayer gaming and eSports. It was showcased at Gamescom 2017 and the Tokyo Game Show, and already supports both proprietary and third-party content. PvP gaming content has been in closed beta for PolygonVR since late 2017. Together with second screen support and high media capabilities offering direct-to-TV, digital and OTT channel support, it aims to combine location-based entertainment with eSports media platforms.
Both CinemaVR and PolygonVR experiences have been combined in Russia's largest VR park called VR Park City. The facility covers 850 m2 (9,200 sq ft) and is located in Afimall — one of the largest shopping centers in the very heart of Moscow.
Neurogaming is a joint venture between Wargaming, an award-winning game developer & publisher, and VRTech, a group of companies offering a diverse portfolio of innovative virtual reality projects.
World of Tanks is a team-based massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to mid-20th century armored warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes over 500 armored vehicles from the United States, Germany, the Soviet Union, France, Great Britain, Japan, China, Sweden and Czechoslovakia carefully detailed with historical accuracy.
Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher headquartered in Nicosia, Cyprus. Founded in 1998, Wargaming has grown to become one of the leaders in the gaming industry with 4,000+ employees and more than 20 offices globally. Over 200 million players enjoy Wargaming’s titles across all major gaming platforms. Their flagship products include the massively popular free-to-play hit game World of Tanks and the strategic naval action game World of Warships.
Wargaming focuses on external partnerships with established and indie developers across PC and console through the company’s third-party publishing unit, Wargaming Alliance. Wargaming Mobile, a unit dedicated to capitalizing on the mobile market, is actively forging new collaborations to deliver new and engaging on-the-go experiences.