VR’s Most Popular Battle Royale is Getting Sandbox Creation Tools This Week


Population: One has been a pretty big hit on Quest and PC VR headsets since it first released two years ago, easily making it VR’s most popular battle royale. Now Meta-owned developer BigBox VR is getting ready to launch a set of maker tools in the game’s long-awaited sandbox level creator.

Population: One’s sandbox is heading into early access tomorrow, December 14th, and is set to bring a ton of user-generated maps and modes to the game. At launch, BigBox says there will be “more than 1,000 community-built games” available to explore.

According to an interview with Shacknews, the new tool will include a number of world templates to get you started building, including:

  • Foothills Template: This template is more flat, predominantly grass and has the closest lighting and setting to our Battle Royale game.
  • Snow Template: This template has a snow aesthetic and a main mountain feature for players to build on.
  • Moon Template: This template takes place on the Moon, in space. It’s the perfect environment to try out the new low gravity settings!
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Coming as a free update to the base game, sandbox joins a host of other battle modes, including Battle Royale, Team Deathmatch with customizable loadouts, War mode (12v12), Legions mode (6v6v6v6), Metro Arena (3v3v3v3), Co-Op Bot Battle, Training Park practice, and a social hub.

Population: One is available on Steam and the Meta platform for Rift, Quest, Quest 2, and Quest Pro, priced at $30.

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  • Derek Kent

    Pretty cool. The thing I’ve wanted forever however (and that kept me away from the game) is simply a solo player mode. I don’t always want to play in teams.

    • 3872Orcs

      Same. I don’t care for team based battle royale. Standout was a fun game when people used to play it.

    • NL_VR

      i wonder why there is no solo-play? is there any reason for that or does the developers just think people want to play in teams?

      • Derek Kent

        I’d imagine their reasoning is a fear of diluting their playerbase into too many game mode categories, making lobbies smaller etc etc. But in my opinion that would be offset by more people playing who otherwise wouldn’t. I’m an example of that. I don’t play the game. I would if there was a solo mode.

  • Lokash

    I’d rather play as a group they need more games for 3 or more those are hard to find but I think they should also have solo play as well