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Fire Panda’s Last Studio Ghibli VR Project Based on Howl’s Moving Castle

Indie developer Fire Panda’s Nick Pittom has revealed that his next virtual reality (VR) adaption of a scene from a Studio Ghibli film will be his last. The developer, who previously released the boiler room scene from Spirited Away and is currently working on the bus stop scene from My Neighbour Totoro, will next adapt the interior of Howl’s Moving Castle into a VR experience. The project will support the Oculus Rift VR headset.

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Pittom revealed the project during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, stating that it would be his final one. After the project is finished he will move on to work on his first full VR videogame, Decay Theory. For the final project Pittom will adapt the inside of the castle, with a focus on the kitchen area with the character of Calcifer included. “I felt I wanted a final test for certain game play aspects I wanted to try and it seemed a good fit,” he said.

It was also revealed that he would use the project as a test bed for developing with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 as well as the Unity engine used to create the other demos. When pressed, Pittom said he could potentially change his mind and make more Studio Ghibli projects in the future. VRFocus will continue to follow the developer’s progress and report back with all the latest.