Earlier in the month visual effects studio Framestore revealed a brand new virtual reality (VR) experience for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) based on Marvel Studio’s popular superhero team, The Avengers. The piece, titled Battle for Avengers Tower, was released as a launch title for the latest version of the device, the Gear VR for S6, which features support for the Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone and its curved spin-off, the Galaxy S6 Edge. Now the app has launched on the original Gear VR, designed for the Galaxy Note 4.
Battle for Avengers Tower is available to download for free. The app is a 360 degree experience set in the Avenger‘s titular headquarters. Taking inspiration from the recently released Avengers: Age of Ultron, players are taken on a brief ride in which they watch Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk tear through an army of robots under the command of the film’s central villain, Ultron himself. Towards the end of the piece the antagonist can be seen holding the sceptre that was first carried by original Avengers villain, Loki.
While the Gear VRs for Note 4 and S6 will see parity between content, Oculus VR has in the past confirmed that some apps will be releasing first on the latter due to ‘performance reasons‘ that mean the Note 4 version needs further optimisation. The Gear VR for S6 is still a new product, however, having only launched in the USA this month and certain European countries, including the UK, last week. The Gear VR for Note 4, on the other hand, has been available for most of 2015. Both are expected to be surpassed with an upcoming fully consumer-focused version of the kit.
VRFocus will continue to follow any and all releases for Gear VR, reporting back with the latest on them.
Framestore has been in touch with VRFocus to clarify that Battle for Avengers Tower is not just the 360 degree video experience. Instead, the piece is split into two parts, with the first casting players as Iron Man himself. Users are given a first-person view from inside the iconic armour and can see the HUD that’s been made familiar through the film series. The 360 video starts up once players press the ‘Start’ button.
The app also features binaural sound, with every major part of the 360 scene having its own source and tracking in 3D.