Late last year VRFocus reported on the reveal of the Batman: The Animated Series virtual reality (VR) experience, heading to both the Oculus Rift and Gear VR head-mounted displays (HMD). Developed by visual effects studio OTOY, the piece looks to bring the popular series, which debuted back in 1992, to life in VR. Producer Bruce Timm had already been confirmed to be working on the project and now writer Paul Dini is on board too. Not only that but Kevin Conroy, who has provided the iconic voice of Batman for over two decades now, is also involved.
Blue Ribbion Content, a shortform digital production unit at Warners Bros., stated as much during a recent preview event at Stanford University’s Workshop on Light Field Imaging. The experience will allow players to explore the iconic Batcave from which Bruce Wayne operates, with many of its details and intricacies still in place. With the two new additions in Dini and Conroy it could be that players will get to hear dialogue from Batman himself as they tour the area, uncovering ‘a few other surprises’ hidden within.
“Batman: The Animated Series holds a special place in many fans’ hearts, and that’s why it’s been so critical to us at OTOY to perfectly preserve the show’s unique aesthetic in virtual reality using our groundbreaking holographic light field technology,” OTOY founder and CEO Jules Urbach, said of the project. “Being huge fans of Batman: The Animated Series ourselves, it’s been a dream come true to work with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment on this project and we’re excited to share it with all of the fans out there soon.”
The Batman: The Animated Series experience is expected to arrive this winter, although it’s not clear if that concerns just one of the two upcoming versions of the title or both of them. VRFocus will continue to follow the project closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.