It was announced last week that Minecraft had been released for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), so all those who have both the Oculus Rift and Minecraft will be able to jump into the cubey world and get building. Now, the Museum of London has released a new map that recreates the Great Fire of London back in 1666, and it will be released for all Minecraft players to explore.
From a fire that started in a bakery on Pudding Lane to quarter of the capital being engulfed in flames, the Museum of London will release this map for players to relive one of the worst disasters for London to ever experience.
Digital Learning Coordinator at the Museum of London and project lead, Joshua Blair, said in a press release: “The first map in the Great Fire 1666 series has allowed us to really immerse players in the life and times of London in 1666, reconstructing the narrow streets, wooden buildings and iconic landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral and London Bridge to set the scene of the fire. This second map is where the Great Fire story really unfolds and we hope that players will enjoy getting to grips with this watershed moment in London’s history in a fun and engaging way.”
As well as making their way through the terrible scene, players will pose as a journalist from the London Gazette whose offices burnt down. You will come across historical figures such as King Charles II, Thomas Farriner who is the baker who started this tragedy, famous diarist Samuel Pepys, and a poorly singed cat that escaped the flames – one of the few lucky ones.
Great Fire 1666: The Fire will be available for download from the Museum of London website itself from 2nd September to mark the 350th anniversary. However, it isn’t clear which version it is available for, so there is no counting on it being available for the pocket edition for Gear VR.
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