Oculus picks up Supergiant senior programmer Chris Jurney

Oculus VR has scooped up another industry veteran, as Supergiant’s senior programmer Chris Jurney has announced his hiring at the Facebook-owned VR company.

"I’m joining [Oculus] at the end of the month to help make VR awesome," the former Double Fine lead programmer said on Twitter.

Jurney, one of the driving forces behind indie hits Bastion and Transistor, will join the company in an unspecified role in effort to bring the Oculus Rift to market. In an interview with Polygon, he spoke on his enthusiasm for the technology:

"I’ve always wanted to work in VR. Part of the way I ended up talking to Oculus is because of a mid-party rant at GDC about how my primary religion is VR, The Lawnmower Man is one of my favorite movies, and how I can’t wait to abandon my meat sack for a full time virtual existence. I spent 100s of hours in a VFX1 headset in college wandering around Quake 1 looking forward to better future VR that never materialized.”

"I think we’re on the cusp of truly great fully immersive virtual experiences, and I want to help make that a reality. I’ll be on a small team doing prototypes, which is my favorite type of work. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands dirty in virtual space."

Oculus has been snatching up industry talent left and right since being acquired by Facebook for $2bn, most recently hiring ex-THQ president Jason Rubin and former Valve executive Jason Holtman.

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