70,000 People Have Tried Game of Thrones: Ascend the Wall, Framestore Reveals

Undoubtedly one of the most covered virtual reality (VR) experiences to have been revealed in 2014 is Game of Thrones: Ascend the Wall, based on the popular fantasy franchise from author George R. R. Martin. The short piece uses the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) to transport users into the world of Game of Thrones as seen in the TV show adaption, and has been displayed at the likes of the South By South West Festival. Starting from today it will be on show at Seattle’s EMP Museum. Now creator Framestore has revealed just how many people have experienced Game of Thrones: Ascend the Wall to date.

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Speaking at the 2014 Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) this week, Framestore’s Mike Woods revealed that 70,000 people have had the chance to experience the title. The company has used a total of 50 Oculus Rifts, only 14 of which are said to have broken. The experience was on display long before Oculus VR revealed the second development kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift, although it wasn’t specified just how many of these units were the first development kit (DK1) and how many were DK2.

Game of Thrones: Ascend the Wall places players in cage that resembles the elevator seen in Castle Black in the show. The elevator will then ascend 700 feet up ‘The Wall’, giving players a chance to look out across the landscape. The piece was built using the Unity Engine and even lets players stand within a real life version of the cage to walk around the experience inside the Oculus Rift as if they were really there.

As for Framestore itself, the company’s VR studio has recently teased that it has two new projects to reveal this month. VRFocus will continue to follow the studio’s VR-related work, reporting back with any further updates.

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