VR request delayed as Ukrainian and Russian staff move

The upcoming VR zombie survival game, Requisition VR, will not launch in May as the developers are moving staff from Russia and Ukraine.

Requisition was developed by Arcadia VR, a studio that started out in the location-based VR arcade business and operates in locations across Eastern Europe, including Moscow. In 2020, the company established its own game development studio and released the VR horror title Hinge. The development of three VR titles – Hinge, Requisition, and puzzle-based Jentrix – has been carried out by a combination of a Moscow office and a UK headquarters and other third-party developers in several countries, including Ukraine, according to the studio.

On March 4, 2022, Arcadia has released a post on social media channels denouncing the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “There are no words to describe what we are feeling right now,” the statement read. “This horrendous invasion and atrocity of war has no excuse.”

In that post, the developer announced that as of February 28, 2022, it had closed its Moscow office and was looking for a new office abroad. It also said it was providing “necessary support” to its Ukrainian staff. Arcadia arcades will remain in Moscow and other countries, but in an email to UploadVR, an Arcadia VR spokesperson claimed that the home development studio had sold its assets to the arcade business and was no longer associated with it. The spokesman wrote that the Moscow office employed 27 people, 11 of whom moved to a temporary office in Turkey. The remaining staff were given three months to decide whether to move as well, while a number of Ukrainian employees moved to Hungary.

This week, Arcadia confirmed that it is “actively seeking” a permanent new office and that the team will move to Abu Dhabi with support from Abu Dhabi Gaming.

Requisition, meanwhile, now anticipates launch of the early access build in September† The team cited “unexpected bugs” and more time for beta testing as further reasons for the delay, while also confirming that there would also be a flat-screen version of the game.

Requisition offers four-player co-op, where players create ridiculous weapons from household items such as plungers and toasters.

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