Moss studio Polyarc lands $9m in funding for AR development

Moss studio Polyarc lands $9m in funding for AR development

Seattle-based VR developer Polyarc has finished a new round of funding for AR game development.

The Series B round was led by Hiro Capital and netted the developer $9m. Other investors included Vulcan Capital and Galaxy Interactive. UK industry veteran Sir Ian Livingstone OBE – a founding partner in Hiro – is joining Polyarc's board.

“The thing we want people to remember about Polyarc in 40 years is our characters," the studio's co-founder and CEO Tam Armstrong said.

"Our means to make our characters the most memorable is to build a company oriented around introducing them directly to our players in person. VR, AR, and the spectrum in between, offer an opportunity to connect our players with our characters through physical interaction and emotional feedback in a way that no other medium can match. This round of funding was essential for us to expand our development focus to further embrace VR and AR games.”

Livingstone added: “Polyarc is a proven leader in developing innovative VR interactive entertainment, and Moss is their amazing game which showcases the beauty and possibilities of what the VR platform can deliver. Hiro Capital is delighted to invest in Polyarc to help accelerate the studio's future development of mixed reality experiences."

VR title Moss (pictured) launched in February 2018 for both PlayStation 4 and PC.

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