Indie developer Nick Pittom has confirmed that his next adaption of a Studio Ghibli animation into virtual reality (VR) will be released this week. That adaption is the bus stop scene from the beloved classic My Neighbour Totoro, which will be fully translated into VR with support for the Oculus Rift headset. The project is set to be released for free much like the Spirited Away scene that the developer previously worked on.
“Thank the gods it’s done!” Pittom wrote on Twitter earlier this week. “It was a long haul, but it’s finally done. I won’t be burning down anything tonight. Totoro VR: out this week”
The bus stop scene will have an animated Totoro as well as the surreal Catbus. Pittom has also suggested that it will include some easter eggs, though didn’t reveal any specifics. It’s not clear specifically when this week the developer will release the project.
Following the project’s completion Pittom intends to create one more VR scene from a Studio Ghibli animation. He had originally intended to do the interior of Howl’s Moving Castle, though recently changed that decision. It will be his final VR tribute before moving onto his first full VR title, Decay Theory. VRFocus will continue to follow the developer’s progress and report back with all the latest news and updates.