One videogame that’s seen plenty of requests for virtual reality (VR) support over the past few years is World of Tanks, the popular online vehicle combat title from Wargaming. Last year the developer stated that head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as the Oculus Rift would need to see sales of up to 5 million in order for its title to implement support. But, before these kits have even been put on sale, Wargaming is meeting VR fans halfway. The studio has this week revealed a new World of Tanks VR project for the Google Cardboard mobile HMD.
Wargaming has announced Virtually Inside the Tanks, a series of live action 360 degree videos created in partnership with Google and The Tank Museum in Bovington, England. These clips are viewed in custom Google Cardboard and NANO VISR kits which house smartphones that act as displays. They currently include the T-34-85, the Easy-8 Sherman “Fury” from the Brad Pitt movie of the same name, the Type 59, Leopard 1 and the Chieftain. Viewers will be able to position themselves within the vehicles and explore them using head-tracking. Each one also offers a tour with Wargaming Military Specialists Richard Cutland and Nicolas Moran.
The clips are set to be on display at this weekend’s Tankfest at The Tank Museum from 27th – 28th June 2015, though they can also be viewed through an official website right now, albeit strictly as 360 degree browser videos without VR support.
This first wave of videos for Virtually Inside the Tanks is only an initial batch, and more are on the way. Those interested can also get a taste of one of the experiences embedded below. It might not be the VR support for the full title that many are hoping for, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.
VRFocus will continue to follow World of Tanks and Virtually Inside the Tanks closely, reporting back with any VR-related updates on the projects.