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Students Exhibit VR Projects at NFTS Games Show

A group of National Film and Television School (NFTS) graduates are showing off a range of indie titles in London this week, including two virtual reality (VR) supported experiences. One of them is Sandman, a narrative-driven title in which you assume the role of the titular mythical figure, while the other is the interactive drama 4PM. Both titles and three other indie projects will be on display until 5pm GMT today at the BFI Southbank.

4pm_1Sandman is from a team of four people including lead designer Albert Bentall. Players assume the role of Ole Lokohie (the Sandman himself), who ferrys sleeping children down the river of the Forest of Dreams. It’s when five year old Michael arrives in his canoe that things take a turn. Players must guide their vessel down the river to deliver Michael through the forest and to the safety of morning.

4PM is another first-person experience that was greenlit for release on Steam last month. It’s described as an “experimental drama” in which players lead protagonist Caroline through the day. It tries to blend linear gameplay with cinematic stories. Both titles are playable with the Oculus Rift VR headset. 4PM is aiming for a release as soon as possible, while Sandman is still targeting some time in 2014.

The event is put on by the NFTS itself. Three other non-VR projects are also on show, including Star World, Off Grid and Voice of the Silent Land. VRFocus will continue to follow the development of both Sandman and 4PM and bring you the latest.