The virtual reality technology company Oculus VR continues its hiring spree, confirming today that it has brought in Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin to become the company's head of worldwide studios.
Oculus stated that Rubin will be in charge of the company's various development teams, and also revealed that it has five first party content offices in the U.S., located in Seattle, San Francisco, Menlo Park, Dallas and Irvine.
Rubin co-founded game developer Naughty Dog in 1986 and helped to create the Crash Bandicoot series, one of the best selling game franchises for Sony's original PlayStation console. Rubin left Naughty Dog in 2004. After some time off from the game industry, during which he wrote comic books for Aspen and Top Cow, Rubin joined financially troubled game publisher THQ in 2012 as its President. Despite his best efforts, Rubin was unable to help THQ from falling into bankruptcy. The company shut down completely in January 2013.
Rubin commented on his new gig at Oculus today, saying:
The team at Oculus has been working to push the boundaries of what's possible with hardware and software. I'm excited to bring together a new division dedicated to building high-quality VR content that helps define the platform and inspire others to do the same.
In related news, Oculus revealed its plans for E3 2014, stating it will be showing several games at its booth in the Los Angeles Convention Center this week, that are either made exclusively for the Oculus Rift virtual reality helmet or ported to work with the device. They include Sega's movie-themed sci-fi horror game Alien: Isolation and the space shooter EVE: Valkyrie.
Source: Oculus VR