One of the most high-profile virtual reality (VR) experiences of 2014 has to be the Game of Thrones: Ascend the Wall piece from digital effects studio Framestore. Last year saw the impressive demo, which runs with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), showcased at the likes of the South By Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas and the EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington. The experience will be hitting the road once again in 2015, this time going on a global tour over the course of the next few months.
The title will be part of the Game of Thrones: The Exhibition tour, visiting seven cities across the globe in 2015. That includes a first stop at The O2 in London, UK on February 9th – 12th and 15th – 17th 2015. From there, the exhibition will come to Stockholm in Sweden, Tel Aviv in Israel, Madrid in Spain, Berlin in Germany, Amsterdam in Netherlands and Paris in France. Dates and venues for these other stops are yet to be announced apart from in Israel, where it can be viewed from 5th – 9th April.
Game of Thrones: Ascend the Wall places players in real life cage that is made to resemble the elevator seen in Castle Black in the popular show. The elevator will then ascend 700 feet up ‘The Wall’, giving players a chance to look out across the fictional landscape. The piece was built using the Unity Engine and even lets players walk around the experience inside the Oculus Rift as if they were really there.
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