Indie developer Fire Panda has quickly made a name for itself in the virtual reality (VR) community thanks to its two excellent adaptions of scenes from Studio Ghibli animations in VR experiences. The first, based on the boiler room sceene from Spirited Away, released earlier this year on PC, Mac and Linux. The second, an adaption of the bus stop scene from My Neighbour Totoro, did the same just two weeks ago, and has now arrived on Oculus Rift headset maker Oculus VR’s official software platform.
The experience recently launched on the Oculus VR Share Beta. Currently only the PC version is available through the portal, though the others can be found on developer Nick Pittom’s personal blog. It can be downloaded for free. Players can tour the famous scene from the 1988 classic, interacting with Totoro and other elements. The scene also contains several easter eggs for users to uncover. It also features the iconic and bizaree Catbus, which arrives on the scene.
Fire Panda has already confirmed that its third and final anime VR adaption will be based on the popular Cowboy Bebop series. Here the developer hopes to expand on some concepts previously not touched upon such as dialogue and increased interaction. It’s not yet clear when the demo will be completed, though it will launch with support for the Oculus Rift just like the developer’s previous work.
Following the release of Cowboy Bebop, Fire Panda hopes to move onto its first original videogame, Decay Theory. Though details on the title are scarce right now, it’s set to be a sci-fi adventure experience focused on narrative. VRFocus will continue to follow the developer’s progress throughout all of these projects, bringing you the very latest news.
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