Meta’s Horizon Worlds VR social community is getting quests. No, not Quest headsets, however in-game missions with rewards that may make its experiences extra entertaining to go to and extra fascinating to return to.
With the brand new quests, which at the moment are in testing, you may full sure duties in a given world to earn in-game rewards like clothes to your avatar. Meta’s check takes place in an expertise referred to as Big Mini Paddle Golf, which is about in a whimsical mini golf course the place you employ a paddle to whack a ball towards every gap. When you’re within the check, you may entry the quests display screen from a brand new icon you’ll see within the card together with your profile image, and whenever you full a quest in that display screen, you’ll get a prize.
Right here’s what the Quests display screen seems to be like. GIF: Meta
Within the case of Big Mini Paddle Golf, finishing quests like ending the course or getting a hole-in-one will earn you varied nautically-themed items of garments to your avatars by doing issues. Nevertheless it’s simple to see how quests may very well be utilized in different experiences and provide themed rewards to match. (I think some the 20 new Horizon experiences Meta reportedly has within the works will likely be utilizing quests in a roundabout way.) Nonetheless, I’m additionally imagining a grim future the place massive manufacturers create worlds, quests, and particular gadgets to assist promote themselves in Meta’s metaverse. (Perhaps Walmart’s subsequent metaverse world will likely be in Horizon.)
The quests may additionally assist Meta maintain Quest headset customers engaged, one thing that’s already confirmed to be an issue with Horizon Worlds. Most of the experiences featured for me in Horizon Worlds present playercounts within the single or low double digits, so quests may give gamers causes to spend extra time in additional worlds. Quests would possibly make Horizon Worlds experiences extra fascinating to a wider viewers when the platform expands to net and cellular, which is predicted to occur this yr.