inXile Entertainment, the studio behindThe Bard’s Talefranchise including VR dungeon crawlerThe Mage’s Tale (2017), today announced they’ve raised acombined investment of $4.5M intended forequity in the company and as funds to develop an unannouncedopen world survival RPG VR game.

Investment comes from Japanese firm gumi VR Inc., a subsidiary of video game publisher and developer gumi Inc.In addition to the investment, gumi Inc. CEO Hironao Kunimitsu also joins inXile Entertainment’s board.

gumi Inc. first expandedinto VR and AR in early 2016 with the launch of Tokyo VR Startups (TVS), an incubation program focused on the Japanese VR market. The company later expanded their investment strategy to encompass US-based companies doing AR/VR withThe Venture Reality Fund.

“Gumi shares my passion for creating deeper virtual reality games and I’m fortunate to have a partner to work with in this spectacular new medium. We’ve had incredible feedback from our first game, The Mage’s Tale, and we want to continue to build on our experience and reputation. I’ve always been fascinated by the social dynamics of the open world survival genre and experiencing that in virtual reality will create powerful and terrifying moments. We’ll also be bringing our storytelling and RPG experience to the table to help enrich the genre,” said Brian Fargo, CEO of inXile Entertainment.

inXile is still playing it pretty close to the vest on their upcoming VR RPG, however they have said it will launch “on all platforms.”

“Since breaking into VR, we believe they’ve already delivered the best VR RPG game to date with The Mage’s Tale. We’re honored to become a strategic investor and partner with inXile, and delighted for the opportunity to work together on the next VR title with such a masterfully skilled team,” said Kunimitsu.

Following a successful Kickstarter to bringThe Bard’s Tale IVto life, inXile has been busy developing several games including The Bard’s Tale IV,The Mage’s Taleand Wasteland 3. Before inXile, CEO Brian Fargo co-foundedInterplay, knownas the creator of the original Fallout series and as a publisher for the Baldur’s Gate and Descent series.

InThe Mage’s Tale, you get to experience classic dungeon crawler staples like exploration, spell crafting, puzzles, and monster battles—and all of it in the immersive realm of VR using your own two hands with the help of Oculus Touch. In our review of The Mage’s Tale, we got a chance to step into a cohesive universe, that while a little rough around the edges, ultimately was a wonderful mix of charming throwback and modern, built-for-VR immersion.

Hironao Kunimitsu, image courtesy The Venture Reality Fund

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