A new Facebook game was recently launched by the platform, in partnership with its VR headsets and equipment Oculus. Finally, after quite some time, the Massachusetts-based social media app officially released the teaser trailer of its Facebook Horizon. Here’s what it is and how it can help you escape the COVID-19 lockdown.

This Facebook game pulls you out from boredom amid pandemic

This New Facebook Game Helps You Escape COVID-19 Lockdown

(Photo : Screenshot from: Oculus Youtube Page )
This New Facebook Game Helps You Escape COVID-19 Lockdown

It has been months since the United States declared lockdown in all states. We all miss going out, having fun with friends, or even walking in the streets without a need to wear a mask.

Thankfully, Facebook and Oculus made an incredible new way for you to feel the same feeling again– before all the pandemic even arrived.

Introducing Facebook Horizon, a new virtual reality (VR) game that targets to fulfill your boredom and anxiety amid the pandemic.

Based on its synopsis, this game is “a social experience where you can explore, play and create in extraordinary ways. In Horizon, you’re not just a visitor. You’re part of what makes it great.”

The Verge described the game as a similar world in the VR game called Ready Player One. But more like a lifestyle type of fun for gamers– like the popular simulation app called The Sims.

On Thursday, Aug. 27, Oculus officially opened Horizon on its expanding access by making an “invite-only beta” of the VR game.

If you want to access it, just sign-up on this link and be one of the members of the Horizon’s waitlist. From there, you will be pick from Facebook to try the game on beta mode.

How do this game works?

This New Facebook Game Helps You Escape COVID-19 Lockdown

(Photo : Screenshot from: Oculus Youtube Page )
This New Facebook Game Helps You Escape COVID-19 Lockdown

Engadget and CNET did their own digging of the VR game. On their personal experience of the Horizon, they took part in the different mini-games of the simulation. 

As described by Engadget

“In many ways, it reminded me of the white void from The Matrix – a room filled with limitless potential and creativity,” says Engadget‘s Devindra Hardawar on Horizon’s creative mode. “Within a few minutes, my guide turned the empty space into a virtual beach, complete with sand, water and a golden sunset horizon. All the while, I spent a few minutes trying to create a palm tree.” 

Have a ‘Safe Zone’ on the game

Unlike other VR games available out there, Facebook’s Horizon applies a ‘safe zone’ for all gamers.

In this place, you can choose to have your alone time and have an option to block or report any gamers on the field that you have issues with. 

In early January, Tech Times reported that almost half of VR gamers experience sexual harassment– especially for lady characters. 

Most of the players face indecent proposal during the game or intentionally touch their private parts through their characters. Of course, in a VR world, it is as realistic as it is in the real world. 

At least, Horizon makes a difference. 

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Written by Jamie Pancho 

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