XR game developer Mike Nisbet started a petition asking Google to open-source its Poly platform, which is shutting down on June 30, 2021. Open-sourcing would allow the XR community to develop a drop-in replacement for the 3D asset service, which Nisbet called "a vital part of a pipeline that is growing increasingly important for digital creators."
- Google announced last week that it would shutter Poly, its online platform for storing and sharing 3D assets in Tilt Brush, Blocks, and more.
- The Change.org petition has more than 650 signatures as of today. It also asks Google to update its Tilt Brush and Blocks applications to integrate with a community replacement for a more seamless transition as the Poly shutdown gets closer.
- U.K. artist Rosie Summers, who is promoting the petition, told UploadVR that Poly is the "center point of the VR artist community" and its shutdown means that "a vital revenue stream is lost during a pandemic that is proving to be exceptionally tough on creative industries."
- Google says users' assets will be available at poly.google.com through June 30. They can download their full libraries at takeout.google.com/settings/takeout/custom/poly.