Way to Go is a new interactive virtual reality (VR) experience created by film makers Caroline Robert, Philippe Lambert, Édouard Lanctôt-Benoit and Vincent Morisset. This year it is being showcased at Sundance Film Festival on the 22nd January, which celebrates upcoming and indie films based on artistic style and success. The title uses an array of motion picture devices from 360 degree videos to custom shaders used to create visual effects.
Way to Go uses Oculus Rifts head-mounted display’s (HMD) software adapted for web browsers called WebVR, which means that people do not have to download it. In the experience users will be taken for a walk in the woods, which is augmented using hand-made animations and video capture. On it’s website the experience is described as being ‘ a game, solace, alarm and a wake up call to the hazards of today’. It is intended to make the player reflect on all that they see as well as what they don’t see.
Audience members are simply asked to enjoy discovering and reflecting. The original soundtrack plays an integral part in immersing the users during the walk. Players are able to use controllers like the gamepad to take them through the woods customising the player’s experience by changing perspective.
Also being showcased at Sundance this year are a total of 9 VR titles. These include but are not limited to Kaiju Fury, Project Syria and Birdly Flight Simulator. VRFocus will keep you updated on all upcoming VR content.