The ultimate aim for anyone working in virtual reality (VR) is to make both the technology and compatible experiences indistinguishable from the real world. Once that has been achieved, users will be able to experience almost anything with a true sense of presence. Paranormal Games is aiming to harness this potential to achieve something that will have likely crossed many enthusiast’s minds; reunitng players with loved ones who have passed on. This is the concept of the developer’s entry into the Oculus Mobile VR Jam, named Project Elyisum.
Little about Project Elysium has been revealed so far, save for a Twitter profile description that reveals it to be a ‘personalized VR Afterlife experience reuniting people with loved ones who have passed.’ The first art for the title has also been revealed, as seen above. Just how the developer intends to replicate a personalised meeting between users and their chosen loved ones is unknown though a screenshot of development, seen below, reveals a friend of Paranormal Games being modelled into the experience to be used with its first demo.
It’s undoubtedly a brave and potentially controversial route for a developer to follow. It’s not clear if Project Elysium has entered the videogame or app category for the competition, though it would appear to be the latter. The grand prize winner in this track will receive $100,000 USD, with runner ups earning $50,000, $30,000 and $10,000 respectively. Developers will be required to showcase screenshots of their progress on 27th April, followed by video footage the week after before the competition comes to a close on 11th May.
VRFocus will continue to follow Project Elysium and all other VR Jam entries closely, reporting back with the latest updates on them.