Celebrate Juneteenth in VR with Titles from Black Developers and Creators

Oculus Blog
June 19, 2020

A day for celebration, education, and remembrance, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. It marks the day when federal troops arrived in Texas in 1865 to ensure all enslaved people be freed, nearly two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Today, we’re highlighting games and experiences from Black VR developers and content creators to help lift every voice on this important American holiday.

Traveling While Black
Roger Ross Williams, Director
Felix & Paul Studios
Traveling While Black is a cinematic VR experience that immerses the viewer in the long history of restriction of movement for black Americans and the creation of safe spaces in our communities. Visit historic Ben’s Chili Bowl and join patrons as they share and reflect on their experiences. Confronting the way we understand and talk about race in America, Traveling While Black highlights the urgent need to facilitate a dialogue about the challenges minority travelers still face today.
Available On: Oculus Quest // Rift Platform // Oculus Go

Sira: Orisha’s Garden
Angelique Ellyn Anderson, Founder & Design Director
LIQUE Story Studio
An interactive VR narrative experience, Sira: Orisha’s Garden follows its protagonist through a series of historical events and initiations to uncover her ancestry and full inheritance. Click here to learn more.

Shadow Point
Sam Ponsonby, 3D Artist; Chris White, Sound Designer; Luke Wintflint, Game Designer
Set between a mountaintop observatory and an ever-changing fantasy world, explore a vibrant kingdom in beautifully-realized VR, cast shadows and solve mind-bending puzzles as you unravel the fate of Lorna McCabe.
Available On: Oculus Quest // Rift Platform

Dante Buckley, Founder
Downpour Interactive
Onward is a Mil-Sim paced tactical multiplayer shooter, being developed for virtual reality head-mounted displays. Players will use coordination, communication, and marksmanship skill to complete objectives in online infantry combat. With day and night maps, weather effects, and multiple environments and scenarios, no skirmish will feel the same. With one life, no HUD, and no crosshairs, players will need their wits and combat skills to survive.
Available On: Rift Platform

NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism
Ashley Baccus, Creative Director; Lajune Mcmillian, Artist; Jazmin Morris, Artist
NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism is a multi-layered possible future that transcends the constraints of the present told through speculative object design, virtual reality, and cognitive research. Join Brooks’ movement as she challenges the boundaries of perception.
Available On: Rift Platform // Oculus Go

Museum Multiverse
Hessvacio Hassan, Creator & Lead Developer
Made in Brooklyn Games
Museum Multiverse is a virtual reality puzzle platformer. This third-person experience chronicles the adventures of a child who has mysteriously awoken in an abandoned museum. Step into the shoes of JR, as he traverses the various worlds that exist within. Click here to learn more.

I Am A Man
Derek Ham
I Am A Man is an interactive virtual reality experience set to the historic events of the Civil Rights Movement. The mechanics of the experience utilizes the Touch controllers to allow you to relive the events of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike leading up to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This interactive experience is approximately 12 minutes long.
Available On: Rift Platform

Girl Icon
Sadah Espii Proctor
Around the world, 130 million girls do not have the opportunity to go school. Meet Rani, a 17-year-old from Varanasi, India, who is part of a growing movement of fearless girls leading change in their communities. “I want girls to look at me and think they can achieve anything they want,” says Rani. Rani's community and the Hindu caste system limits her family to washing clothes and linen for a living. But Rani is determined to finish school and train to become an army officer. In Girl Icon, Rani gives us an intimate glimpse of her life, hopes, challenges and dreams—and how she’s helping other girls in her community. Click here to learn more.

Dead and Buried II: Reloaded
Oneil Howell, Level Designer
Oculus Strike Team
Dead and Buried II is a fast-paced multiplayer shooter set in a supernatural western world. Grab your six-shooters and choose from multiple game modes. Compete against real players online to see who the best gunslinger is or play cooperatively versus the undead horde! The game is a sequel to the popular Dead and Buried released on Rift and Oculus Go.
Available On: Oculus Quest // Rift Platform

The Days After
Stephen Marshall
Five Fingers Studio
Built from the ground up for VR, The Days After is a virtual reality survival shooter where players immerse themselves in a new world where the dead have taken over. You are in a post apocalyptic world where pockets of remaining humans are surviving within protected compounds, while the undead roam freely. Click here to learn more.

Dance Central
Arthur Inasi, Creative Lead; DeVron Warner, VP of Production
With a 32-song soundtrack and specially choreographed routines to get you moving in VR, Dance Central™ immerses you in the only club where the music never stops. Customize your look, take an in-game selfie, and then show off your moves and full-body avatar to up to three friends on Oculus Quest and Rift in one of Dance Central’s all-new multiplayer modes. Or perfect your routine in the studio before hitting the floor to dance with your favorite Dance Central characters.
Available On: Oculus Quest // Rift Platform

Now through June 30, you can also watch the Academy Award-nominated film Selma for free in Bigscreen Beta on Oculus Quest, the Rift Platform, and Oculus Go. Directed by Ava DuVernay, Selma documents the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march organized by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in response to the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson at the hands of Alabama State Troopers. Click here to learn more.