Combat Waffle Studios’ Ghosts of Tabor has had an amazing run on Meta Quest’s App Lab. Released into the early access distribution channel in March 2023, the tactical shooter surpassed $3 million in revenue in only five months. Today, Ghosts of Tabor takes its next big step, leaving App Lab for the official Quest Store.
British VR specialist Maze Theory has developed immersive games based on TV shows including Peaky Blinders and Doctor Who. But the studio has never released its own, original project. For years the studio has teased Engram for various headsets including Meta Quest and PSVR 2 but it never surfaced. However, the studio has quietly released The Infinite Inside via Quest’s App Lab instead.
When Meta launched App Lab in 2021 it lauded the fact that this alternative distribution method would help developers get their games in the hands of players. All without going through the rigmarole of the official store selection process. The catch, games aren’t the easiest to find unless you use a third-party platform like SideQuest. Even so, this opened the floodgates for indie developers and larger studios alike to get their projects on Meta Quest before completion. It’s now fantastic to see the Quest Store highlight projects that have made it all the way through the approval process.
Meta’s next mixed-reality headset isn’t far away with developers already planning their Quest 3 upgrades. The latest to announce new details is 3lb Games for its bullet-hell shooter Space Dragon. With the release of a Space Dragon roadmap, the studio will launch a mixed-reality update to support all Meta Quest headsets.
If you own a Meta Quest 2 then it’s likely you’ve come across App Lab at some point. An alternative distribution method for VR developers that’s not as stringent, it’s also harder to find games. Meta rival Pico – owned by TikTok creator Bytedance – has now launched its own App Lab rival, Pico Lab.
The Meta Quest 2 has an impressive library of titles on the official store but more are hidden away. App Lab is Meta’s uncurated section for smaller indie games or those still in development. It provides creators with a different method of app distribution, far less stringent when it comes to a final, finessed product. As such, the quality can vary greatly and finding them is a lot more difficult. So if you want to play App Lab games here’s how to go about it.