MasterpieceVR allows users to work on the paintings and sculptures together, regardless of location.
Everything’s better with a friend. Which is why it’s a bummer multiplayer experiences in virtual reality are still relatively hard to come by. Even if you manage to get your hands on a game or experience that supports multiple players, most servers still lack a sufficient number of active users to deliver a pleasurable online experience. So when Brinx Software revealed its multiplayer application that enables aspiring and professional artists to design complex 3D artworks and models together, every hair on the back of my neck stood up.
MasterpieceVR allows a handful of VR-users to work together on various artistic projects in real-time from anywhere across the globe. Using either an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset, artists can join together in immersive digital environments and chat with one another as they sculpt, paint and plan their unique masterpieces. Users can also zoom, rotate and reposition their projects for a better view, all without disrupting one another.
“We aimed to capture the true spirit of collaboration and create a unique multi-user experience,” said Jonathan Gagne, CEO of Brinx. “We wanted users in different locations to be able to walk into the same virtual room and begin cooperating on a project immediately in a highly productive and effective way. MasterpieceVR makes this possible.”
It can take hundreds of hours to learn to build quality 3D content using traditional software,” Gagne continued. “By contrast, virtual reality is a very intuitive medium, and we have created a highly intuitive VR product with application in many, consumer, commercial, and mainstream markets. Ease of use is a key differentiator and strength of MasterpieceVR. In fact, this technology allowed us to teach an eight-year old child how to model in less than 60 seconds. With a vision to build the future of VR, we are enabling people around the world to translate creative ideas into 3D works of visual art. There is nothing that lets you collaborate like it on the market today.”
Although the ambitious project has some stiff competition against popular, already-established art/sculpture VR applications such as Tilt Brush or Medium, the built-in global networking and multiplayer capabilities may be the only features MasterpieceVR needs to secure its place in the mainstream. It’s supposed cross-headset compatibility between the Vive and Oculus is also sure to gain massive praise as the internet continues to demand more cross-compatible titles.
MasterpieceVR is currently available for free on Steam, but only for a limited time.