AltspaceVR, one of the more popular and long running virtual reality spaces, will be shutting down in just about a month on March 10th. While it isn’t strictly a game, it is available (and will be delisted) from Steam and the Microsoft Store as well as VR platforms like the Vive and Oculus. The studio announced the news on January 20th:
When AltspaceVR first launched, our vision was to create a place where people from around the world could connect and socialize in real time. We knew virtual reality (VR) could be a fun place for immersive games, and much more importantly, we believed in the power of social VR to bring people together, build connections, and create share experiences. It was a bold vision, and with the help of our passionate community, the platform became a place where users made lifelong memories, formed cherished friendships, found love — and even married in IRL (in real life).
As we look to the future, we see the opportunity for VR expanding beyond consumer into business and now have an even greater goal: a more open, accessible, and secure version of immersive experiences in the metaverse. To achieve that we have made the difficult decision to sunset the AltpaceVR platform on March 10, 2023, and shift our focus to support immersive experiences powered by Microsoft Mesh.
The decision has not been an easy one as this is a platform many have come to love, providing a place for people to explore their identities, express themselves, and find community. It has been a privilege to help unlock passions among users, from educational opportunities for personal growth to the development of unique and wonderful events, groundbreaking art, and immersive experiences — enabling this community to achieve more. With Mesh, we aspire to build a platform that offers the widest opportunity to all involved, including creators, partners and customers.
Over the coming weeks, we encourage the many creators and developers who are part of the AltspaceVR community to host final events and download their content*. Information on how to download content is available here.
We want to thank all who have used AltspaceVR over the years to bring a delightful and enriching dimension to the world.
We look forward to what is to come, including our launch of Microsoft Mesh, a new platform for connection and collaboration, starting by enabling workplaces around the world. In the near-term, we are focusing our VR efforts on workplace experiences, learning from and alongside our early customers and partners, and ensuring we deliver a foundation that enables security, trust and compliance. Over time, we hope to extend to consumer experience a well.
To learn more about what is next for Microsoft Mesh, visit Mesh.com and sign up for updates here.
If you are an existing Microsoft enterprise customer, you can also reach out to your Microsoft account manager to hear more about Microsoft Mesh.AltSpaceVR Announcement – January 20th, 2023
An additional Microsoft FAQ page provides specific answers for AltSpaceVR users including information on how to export some of your content from the platform. Data like membership logs and event lists can be exported as csv files but the individual 3D spaces and models cannot be exported or imported into another similar platform at this time. It isn’t explicitly stated in the FAQ but it is unlikely that the app will be functional at all after March 10th.
Thanks to Etralk in the comments for pointing this one out. I’ve added the date to the Watch List calendar and we’ll have a page up on the site later.