Indie developer Nick Pittom, known as Red of Paw, has offered the first update on his latest virtual reality (VR) project, an adaption of the bus stop scene from Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro. The developer took to his official website to explain the progress being made on the project as well as provide insight into some of the challenges of creating the project. The VR adaption will be compatible with the Oculus Rift VR headset upon release.
Pittom revealed that matching trees, plants, grass and rain within the scene has been extremely challenging in the Unity engine, unlike simply creating an indoor environment as with his last project based on Spirited Away. He explained that, these features have been ‘painted’ on to obtain a consistent look.
The project is making progress, then, but Pittom stressed that there is still a lot to do. He is currently working on animation with the help of animator Keith Sizemore and intends to add more details to the scene such as puddles. That said, Pittom did reassure that the project was moving faster than he had anticipated and is ‘well on its way to completion’.
An image showing the current build of Totoro was also shown off, which can be seen above. Pittom concluded the post by teasing that a few other Easter eggs could be included post-completion. VRFocus will continue to follow the development of any and all VR projects and bring you the latest.