After World War Toons developer Reload Studios announced last month it had closed another round of successful funding, the studio has now revealed a new launch. Reload has opened Rascali, a new virtual reality (VR) lab division focused exclusively on content development and client services. Separating itself from the videogame industry, the new team plans to expand into entertainment, education, government, and other areas in the VR landscape.
Rascali’s first project WoofbertVR, launched on November 17th in the Oculus store was through a partnership with WoofbertVR, a cutting-edge arts education company known for pushing the boundaries of VR. The app offers an immersive trip to the prestigious Courtauld Gallery’s Wolfson Room in London, which features paintings by Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Additional world-class museums are lined up to be presented as part of a premium museum series with immersive VR factors.
“As we contemplated a name that perfectly represented the intersection of imagination and reality, I kept thinking about my youngest son, and how he would spend hours each day pretending to be an imaginary cat named ‘Rascal.’ Considering the eclectic and talented team we have put together, with a penchant for mischief, I couldn’t think of a better icon for the company,” said head of Rascali Phillip Moses in a statement. “I am absolutely thrilled to join Rascali to make what people would only imagine into a reality, even if it’s in virtual world.”
There’s no news on Rascali’s next project but VRFocus will be following the new divisions progress closely, reporting back any new announcements.