Realistic 3D Avatars May Be Coming to Roblox

Roblox has been around since 2008 and has been entertaining young audiences ever since. However, it appears that Roblox is potentially making a bid to appeal to more adults, by acquiring a company that was working on auto-generating 3D avatars from a single selfie.

According to Roblox’s company website, the platform is one of the top entertainment platforms for those under the age of 18. The game allows users to create their own games within the platform and share them with the community. The company also claims that Roblox sees 3 billion hours of community engagement each month. However, the platform has also recently begun to venture out into the real world, by hosting a Lil Nas X (yes the Old Town Road Lil Nas X) concert.

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The concert was a massive success, reaching 34 million views. For comparison, Fortnite’s Travis Scott concert brought in 27 million views. Today, we’ve learned that realistic avatars won’t be limited to musicians, as Roblox has acquired Loom.ai, according to Venturebeat, a company that was working on technology that would generate a realistic avatar from a selfie.

Roblox completed the acquisition for an undisclosed amount, and also postponed its public offering until 2021. Loom.ai was formed in 2016 with the express purpose of streamlining 3D animation. This is important, because the Author of Ready Player One, Ernest Cline said that Roblox was the closest thing to the Oasis, his book’s metaverse.

Fortnite, for its part, appears to be attempting to create a metaverse itself, having secured crossovers from different game franchises, a partnership with Marvel, and—as we’ve said—in-game concerts. Whichever one of these games ultimately creates a successful metaverse is up in the air, but what we do know is that Roblox is attempting to bring you into the game in a literal way. We just hope realistic avatars don’t clash too much with the lego-esque feel of Roblox.

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