Meta has launched Roblox-like Crayta, a platform that lets players build, share, and play games with friends in real time, on Facebook Gaming. Mark Zuckerberg said it’s really fast to build on both mobile and desktop even if you don’t have a powerful system.
Built on Unreal Engine 4 and developed by Unit 2 Games, Crayta features a library of thousands of player-made games that users can browse or add with their own creations.
Users do not need to download the game to their computer to play games on Crayta. The free-to-play platform is available to anyone with a Facebook account.
“Historically if you wanted to have something like this run in this high quality of a 3D environment, that would be really hard to render in a browser or on phones, but being able to do it with cloud infrastructure and then send it down across the network after having already rendered it in the cloud is a pretty big advance,” Zuckerberg said.
Crayta was previously released on Google Stadia and Epic Games Store. Meta acquired Unit 2 Games last year.
The company states that Crayta’s platform can be used to create and stream a simple multiplayer game in as little as 15 minutes without the need for coding or other special skills. The platform allows 20 people to collaborate on games at the same time.
“A lot of times today, people think about the metaverse as 3D experiences you can have in virtual and augmented reality, but I think what Crayta shows is that you can both build and enjoy these kind of experiences really easily on all kinds of 2D environments including just within the Facebook App on phones and on computers,” Zuckerberg said.
Zuckerberg also announced in the release that Facebook Gaming is expanding access to its cloud gaming catalog to Western Europe.