Beast Pets are clever and cheeky magical creatures that live in a VR sandbox world. We’re currently raising a litter of cute baby dragon pups that love to play and hang out with their Beast Guardians. We're always adding more stuff to do so the dragons don't get bored. Check back often!
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We strongly believe that it takes a community to raise dragons together.

The world of Beast Pets is a living, evolving place where our dragons live and play. We’re still in the early days of figuring out what it means to have pet dragons become part of our daily lives, which is why we’re releasing Beast Pets in Early Access.

Today, the baby dragons are about the size of house cats and enjoy chasing after their favorite toys or other dragon playmates. Our vision, however, is to create a world where beasts and their humans can learn and grow together.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“For the next year or so.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We envision the “full version” as a world where dragons and their humans can:
  • Play together with other people and beasts
  • Have personalized spaces
  • Train for specific activities (such as prepping special meals, learning different types of fire-breathing, etc.)

Even after we launch a “full version,” we plan to keep evolving the world of Beast Pets.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Because dragons need a lot of stimuli, we’re constantly adding new activities, toys, and areas to explore.

The app currently features these areas:
  • Beast Park: a perpetually sunny park where the dragons can zoom about, chase each other, play fetch, etc.
  • Winter Park: an ethereal glowing ice cave where dragons can unleash some destructive energy.
  • Dragon Den: a cozy tree hollow where tired little dragon can get some zzz’s.

The app currently features a few different modes:
  • Treasure Hunt: look for different treasure chests, each containing a different gem that bestows a unique power.
  • Mystery: discover a different assortment of toys and activities each time.
  • Free Play: all treasures are uncovered so you can get to playing with dragons asap!
  • Simple (coming soon): if all you want to do is play with dragons with minimal distractions, this is the mode for you.

Dragons get bored easily so we have to keep adding new stuff to keep them entertained. New activities and discoverables are coming soon to the existing regions, so keep an eye out!”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We plan to gradually raise the price as we ship new content and features.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“It’s our first time raising dragons too, so we don’t know yet if they’ll ever become housebroken or if they’ll just break your house. This will be a community effort, and that’s why we’re launching in Early Access first so we can figure it out together!

Got awesome ideas or feedback to share with us? Please head over to the Steam Community Discussion boards. You can also ping us on Twitter (@beastpets) or shoot an email to hello@beastpets.com. We look forward to hearing from you!”
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February 27

Patch Notes for v0.52.2

Someone is all tuckered out!

Early Access Launch! Lots of new changes starting with with differentiation between home and commercial versions. We’ve also added multiple play modes with more planned along with our third location, Dragon Den! You can also pick how many dragons will join you.


Health & Safety
  • Added a 2 second hover to auto-press the Okay button in addition to pulling the trigger.
  • Increased volume of ambient sound.

Loading Zone
  • New introduction, help wanted playing with dragons!

Beast Park
  • Fixed the reset block tower button.

Dragon Den (Under Construction)
  • A cozy area inside a giant tree trunk. Unlocked after completing Treasure Hunt. Under construction. Supports Free Play only for now.
  • Currently features one very sleepy dragon.
  • Grab a book next to the cozy fireplace.
  • There’s a plushy prototype you can pickup but we need to make some improvements before the dragons can play with it too.

Magical Tablet (Tabby)
  • New graphics for for buttons with new button colors too!
  • New location selection interface with options including play mode and dragon count.
  • New play mode selection for locations: Treasure Hunt, Mystery and Free Play.
  • Treasure Hunt: Open treasure chests with magic gems and items for playing with dragons.
  • Mystery: Discover hidden objects next to teleportation rings (starts with all gems/equipment). Unlocked by completing Treasure Hunt. More variability will be added in future versions.
  • Free play: Start with all gems/equipment and all objects visible. Unlocked by completing Treasure Hunt.
  • Beast Park: A sunny park inside a giant dome. Default starting area. Supports all modes.
  • Winter Park: A huge cavern filled with snow and ice. Unlocked after completing the teleportation stage in Beast Park. Supports all play modes.
  • Dragon Den: A cozy area inside a giant tree trunk. Unlocked after completing Treasure Hunt. Under construction. Supports Free Play only.
  • New dragon count option for locations of 1-5 with 3 being recommended (not everyone enjoys being swarmed ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

Dragons
  • Each dragons now has a chance to appear in a given situation depending on location, activity and other factors.

Settings
  • Added an account setting for home/commercial account types (locked in some builds).

General
  • Preliminary Windows Mixed Reality support through SteamVR.
  • Improved analytics and event tracking.
  • LOTS of bug fixes and some performance improvements.
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January 31

Beast, Inc.’s VR Dragon Pets Are Coming Home, But Don’t Expect Obedience

Launch Announcement

San Francisco, CA, USA — Beast, Inc. will soon launch an Early Access home version of its flagship product, Beast Pets, a virtual reality sandbox where baby dragon pups live and play. Beast Pets was first launched in out-of-home VR arcades and entertainment centers in mid-2017, and is now available in over 200 locations around the world. After iterating on Beast Pets in location-based VR centers and racking up more than 50,000 sessions, the team feels that the dragons are finally ready to come home.

The dragon pups may be cuddly, but don’t expect them to be obedient. “We call them virtual beasts for a reason,” explains CEO Vivian Tan. “Imagine befriending a young dragonling in the wild. It might follow you home if you have food and a warm bed, but it’s not going to just obey you. You have to earn its trust and build up a two-way relationship.”

The idea of forming meaningful relationships with virtual pets has resonated with the startup’s nascent user community. Eva Hoerth, VR researcher and Women in XR Fund Fellow, describes Beast Pets as “a beautiful example of how VR can connect us intimately with others — in this case, baby dragons. Both kids and adults love Beast Pets because it satisfies our human instinct to nurture, play, and build relationships.”

Beast Pets is different from other VR experiences because the dragons are like pets. You can pet them, play with them, and feed them,” says VR Kid, a young YouTuber who became smitten with the dragons after her father (also an avid gamer and streamer) signed up for the Beast Pets home beta program. “You don't get that kind of interaction in other games, and I enjoy feeding the dragons a lot.”

The transition from out-of-home VR centers to home VR means more opportunities to explore what it means to have pet dragons become part of your daily life. Today, the baby dragons are about the size of house cats and enjoy chasing after their favorite toys or other dragon playmates. Beast, Inc.’s ambition, however, is to create virtual beasts that can learn and grow with their humans, a process that will involve tapping the team’s inner child and the user community for inspiration.

“It’s our first time raising dragons too,” jokes CTO Mat Tyndall, “so we don’t know yet if they’ll ever become housebroken or if they’ll just break your house. This will be a community effort, and that’s why we’re launching in Early Access first so we can figure it out together.”

Beast Pets (Early Access) will be coming to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift in February 2019.

For more information, please visit http://www.beastpets.com.

About Beast, Inc.

Beast, Inc. is a San Francisco startup that brings virtual pets to life through AI, XR, and a little bit of magic. Our vision is to create magical pets that behave like our real pets — with unique temperaments, social dynamics, the ability to make choices, and the capacity to learn and grow with us. By leveraging artificial intelligence and spatial computing, we can break down barriers between virtual pets and their humans, foster deeper emotional connection, encourage emergent behaviors, and create more opportunities for unpredictable moments of delight to really shine.
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Reviews

“Beast may be the life bringing app for VR that shows jaded techies how much humanity and empathy can be felt when transported to a virtual world.”
- Bobby Venom, Cats and VR

“Beast has potential to become one of those crossover hits that brings non-hardcore gamers into the space.”
- Aaron Stanton, Executive Producer of QuiVR

“Beast is different from other VR experiences because the dragons are like pets. You don't get that kind of interaction in other games, and I enjoy feeding the dragons a lot.”
- VR Kid, YouTuber

Where to Play

Don't have virtual reality at home? There are other ways to play Beast Pets!

Play Beast Pets in arcades:


Beast Pets is available at over 200 VR arcades around the world. Go to the Beast Pets website and look under "Play" to see if there's a Beast-friendly arcade near you.

Bring Beast Pets to your arcade or location-based VR center:


Beast Pets is optimized for the arcade experience and players will typically spend between 10-30 minutes petting flying dragon pups :)

Commercial licensing is available through:
  • Springboard VR
  • PrivateLabel VR
  • Synthesis VR
  • Viveport Arcade

Go to the Beast Pets website and look under "Commercial Licensing" for more info.

About This Game



Help wanted!

We at Beast, Inc. have our hands full raising a litter of cute baby dragon pups and need Beast Guardians (that’s you!) to keep them active and entertained.

Featuring 5 cheeky small dragons who:
• Love cuddles
• Are prone to destruction (but there’s no cleanup in VR!)
• Will fight over snacks
• Need socialization and exercise

Brought to you by Beast, Inc., an actual startup that raises magical creatures in virtual reality. Really.

This app is in Early Access.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 equivalent or greater
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 480
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i7-4770 3.4 GHz
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 980 equivalent or higher
    • Storage: 500 MB available space

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