Los Angeles studio Kite & Lightning has developed a level of appreciation in the virtual reality (VR) community that many small studios might find intimidating. Every update from the three-man team is highlighted as a new chapter for VR, and with the quality of their output few could argue that this reaction is unwarranted. Co-founder Ikrima Elhassan is clearly appreciative of the attention the studio has been given, modest in the suggestion that they are a studio laying the path for others to follow.
VRFocus has met with Kite & Lightning on many occasions, however at PAX Prime, Seattle, back in August the team had the privilege of being hosted by Epic Games. Elhassan was thankful for the opportunity, but also to the core VR community for helping them reach such heights.
“The reaction so far has been amazing,” stated Elhassan. “We’ve had a lot of people for who it’s their first time doing VR… We’re really happy that people’s first time experience has been with Senza Peso.”
The Senza Peso experience has received a great deal of acclaim, most notably since receiving an update for compatibility with the second iteration of the Oculus Rift development kit, aka DK2, back in September. Elhassan recognises that this was a big step forward not only for the studio but also for VR as a medium.
“A lot of people are a little bit bewildered,” Elhassan added. “A lot of kids are very excited to get their first headset.”
Kite & Lightning’s most recent project saw NBC television show The Voice adapted to VR. The studio has a number of other projects in the works and VRFocus will keep you updated with all future releases from the studio.