Earlier in the year virtual reality (VR) specialist Oculus VR revealed a brand new division that was to be entirely devoted to work in VR films. Named Oculus Story Studio, the new section of the company is currently developing a number of experiences that can be viewed with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). One of these films, Lost, was revealed alongside the studio itself at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015. Now it’s been revealed that a modified version of the piece, named Lost Director’s Cut, is on the works, supporting multiple viewers.
Oculus VR had previously teased that it had a new version of Lost to reveal at the Tribeca Film Festival, although it wasn’t confirmed what had been changed from the original experience, which takes place in a densely wooded area. Now a hands-on report from Engadget has revealed new details about the project. The Director’s Cut is designed so that multiple Oculus Rift users can view the piece, now cast as fireflies. Players have control over these fireflies, darting them around the scene.
This also adds a little more interactivity to the Lost experience, which hasn’t granted players the freedom of movement before. It’s not clear what the release plans for these experiences are; will the original version arrive before the Director’s Cut or will that content be included in this new version? The Oculus Rift is also on track for a consumer release in the first quarter of 2016. Is this when fans can expect Lost to see a full release? Perhaps Oculus VR will be ready to reveal these details and more at its upcoming pre-E3 press conference next month, if not Oculus Connect 2 in September.
VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus Story Studio closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.