The company emailed Bogo and Dead And Buried II owners, informing them that these apps will "end services" and "no longer be supported" after 15 March 2024, five years after they launched. The Meta Quest platform policies require developers to give customers at least 180 days' notice before shutting down an app, which appears to be Meta complying with its policy.
Bogo was a free virtual pet app to demo Oculus Quest's wireless room-scale tracking and hand controllers. It's one of the few VR apps that adapts to the size of your playspace, keeping the interactable area reachable for small rooms while encouraging physical walking for those with larger rooms.
Bernie Yee, a former Meta manager who hired and led the 'Oculus REX' team that developed Bogo, asked Meta's CTO, Andrew Bosworth, to request that it be preserved on App Lab. Yee was let go in the first wave of layoffs in November last year, alongside multiple of the REX team.
Meta hasn't commented on the decision. The use of now-obsolete SDKs and the lack of a team to update the app likely contributed to the decision to kill it, but it's not clear why it couldn't have been demoted to App Lab.
Dead and Buried II was a $20 multiplayer shooter - one of the first FPS games on the Oculus Quest. It launched with two game modes: a team vs. team 'Shootout' and a free-for-all 'Deathmatch'. An update just under a year later added three new modes: a 1vs1 'Quickdraw' mode and two co-op modes, Survival and Horde. Given Dead and Buried II is a multiplayer title, Meta may be sunsetting. Hence, it no longer has to maintain the servers and related online services, as it did with the much more popular Echo Arena in August.