At the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 2015, animation studio Production I.G revealed the first details for a virtual reality (VR) version of cult anime title Ghost in the Shell. Called Ghost in the Shell The Movie: Virtual Reality Diver, the studio took an updated version to last weeks TGS 2016 and announced the project will be released later this year.
Ghost in the Shell The Movie: Virtual Reality Diver will see a global release via iTunes and Google Play, reports Forbes, with support for the PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD) also planned. There’s no mention of an Oculus Rift version at present which Production I.G used on its booth at TGS 2015 to demo the 360-degree video.
The VR experience runs at 15 minutes in length and its based off the new Arise series and feature length film, with a younger looking Motoko Kusanagi. In the original 1995 film, Kusanagi was a Major in the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, in the mid 21st century of Japan.
The only footage publicly released so far has been a short trailer – available in 2D and 360-degree versions – from last year that showcases Major Kusanagi’s cyborg body being assembled, similar to that of the opening sequence of the 1995 movie., with the new VR version building on this further.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Ghost in the Shell The Movie: Virtual Reality Diver, reporting back any further updates.