While the videogame industry is the undoubted focus for the revival of virtual reality (VR) technology as the moment, many are also excited about its potential impact on movies. 360 degree movies have grown in popularity towards the end of 2014 with the release of the likes of Zero Point and 11:57, suggesting that VR has just a big a role in the future of cinema as it does videogames. A new partnership announced this week will be pair VR developer nDreams with VR filmmaker Virtual View Productions in order to capitalise on both of these forms of entertainment.
Announced at this weekend’s Virtual Reality Los Angles (VRLA) event, this unique partnership will see both companies exploring just how VR movies and videogames could crossover. It wasn’t revealed if this means that the pair will definitely be releasing some sort of hybrid of the two or just what progress they had made so far, if any. At first thought, the concept sounds similar to what can be seen in traditional videogames at the moment with Remedy Entertainment’s Quantum Break, though this isn’t necessarily the path that the two will take.
“VR represents an exciting new era in entertainment content and will provide content creators a new way to engage audiences in ways never possible before,” Virtual View Productions CEO Stuart Gallop said of the deal. “Working with nDreams and the experienced and talented team they have will provide us with a great partner who shares our passion for VR entertainment and will help us create stunning new VR experiences for audiences.”
nDreams is currently best known in the VR space for its three upcoming VR titles. The first two are Gunner and Perfect Beach, which are heading to Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). The final title is The Assembly, a first-person adventure that is due to arrive on PC with Oculus Rift HMD support and PlayStation 4 with Project Morpheus HMD integration. Virtual View Productions has meanwhile revealed two VR movies in Spirit City and Last Train to Salvation, both of which will be arriving on ‘major VR platforms. The company is currently working with two Dubai-based entertainment brands.
VRFocus will continue to follow this partnership closely, reporting back with any further updates on their progress.