Many dream of virtual reality (VR) taking them far into the distant future, but what about humanity’s recent past? Irish start-up company Immersive VR is looking to do just that with a new Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for The Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience. As the name suggests, this hopeful project looks to transport viewers back to that historic moment in 1969 in which man first walked on the Moon using the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). The company is asking for €30,000 EUR to aid development.
The Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience uses official NASA archive footage and audio to create an educational experience that aims to give students a brand new way to learn about the events of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s journey. A demo for the experience is currently available for the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) and standard monitors on PC, offering a ‘small taste’ of the experience. The developer plans to use the money raised to ‘recreate the full mission with more detailed models, animated avatars and interactive gameplay.’
The finished experience will allow players to experience the full launch and flight to Lunar orbit. Of course, the actual landing will also be included as with the experiments carried out by Armstrong and Aldrin on the Moon’s surface. The return journey will also feature.
Immersive VR hopes to secure its funding by 14th March 2015, when the campaign ends. Those interested in the experience can currently pledge €10 to secure a digital copy, with an estimated release of July 2015. Other backer tiers offer early Beta access, executive producer credits and the chance to talk to the team on Skype. A number of stretch goals for the project are also teased, although these are yet to be detailed.
VRFocus will continue to follow The Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience, reporting back with any further updates on the campaign.