Ghost in the Shell, originally written and illustrated in 1989 by Masamune Shirow then turned into a film by animation studio Production I.G in 1995, is one of the most widely recognised manga franchises. Being teased this week is a 360 degree virtual reality (VR) trailer that will be launched alongside the 2015 Tokyo Games Show (TGS).
From the website details (translated from Japanese) the trailer seems to be titled “Ghost in the Shell Evangelion Virtual Reality Diver” and will be available to experience at Production I.G’s booth at TGS. There will be two versions, the teaser will be 3 minutes long and available for free, with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and a full version with a run time of approximately 10 minutes. The shorter version will be screened at the TGS dome theatre for attendees.
Also mentioned are prices and a winter 2015 release date for the Google Play store, and Apple App store, suggestively indicating that the experience will be compatible with smartphone HMD’s like Google Cardboard. Priced at ¥480 YEN, this could mean that the title may only be released in Japan, but further details will undoubtably emerge soon.
The original 1995 film told the story of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, led by protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi, in the mid 21st century of Japan. Since then another movie and several series have also been created.
VRFocus will report on the launch of the trailer and any further VR related news from TGS in the coming days.