Google and Legendary Pictures have teamed up to bring a virtual reality (VR) experience based on the upcoming fantasy film Warcraft, which itself is an adaption of popular MMO, World of Warfcraft, to the Google Cardboard head-mounted display (HMD). An app called Legendary VR is available for Android and iOS, contains three different experiences one of which is Warcraft.
Within the app there’s Warcraft: The Skies of Azeroth, Beware Crimson Peak and the Pacific Rim themed Jaeger Pilot. In Warcraft: The Skies of Azeroth viewers sit on a giant Gryphon as it fly’s around Azeroth taking in the scenery. Those that play Warcraft should recognise some of the locations. Beware Crimson Peak is a scarier experience putting viewers in the house of Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film. The final one, Jaeger Pilot was released last year but now has smartphone integration through the app.
Alongside the app release Google and Legendary Pictures will be giving away 50,000 Google Cardboards at Comic-Con, as the app will only work in VR. Some visitors will definitely miss out as the event caps the amount of tickets to 130,000 and that target has regularly been hit in previous years.
Speaking to a group of reporters including The Verge, Warcraft director Duncan Jones said of the collaboration: “I was obviously focused mainly on the film, but we discussed what kind of experience we could give the audience through VR.”
Jones went on to say: “With this world building that we’re doing in the movie, is there something we can do that can give you that sense of world building in VR? … So we have this Gryphon flight over Stormwind. And anyone that does know Stormwind — I talk about it like it’s a real place; for me it is — will be able to recognize things. And those who don’t, it’s just a cool, fantasy experience.”
The app is available to download now and VRFocus will be following further announcements from Comic-Con on any more VR news.