While videogames tend to be the dominant entertainment medium on virtual reality (VR) headsets, other content like 360-degree video and immersive cinematic releases are also gaining ground. While 360-degree videos are fairly plentiful – consumer grade cameras such as Gear 360 and 360fly have helped – cinematic VR content such as Baobab Studios’ Invasion!, Oculus Story Studios’ Henry and Penrose Studios’ Allumette are still in short supply. Coming next year is a new sci-fi VR series that goes for a much darker and grittier approach than these other experiences, Kingdom City Drowning.
In development for the past three years using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, Kingdom City Drowning has been created by Barrett Phillips and W.K. Gerardi, taking viewers on a journey into the seedy underworld of Kingdom City.
Supporting both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets, Kingdom City Drowning will be a three part adventure, with Episode One: ‘The Champion’ expected to launch in Q1 2017. Episode Two: ‘Lovers in Hell City’ has been scheduled for Q3 2017, while Episode Three: ‘The Drugs We Eat Won’t Save Us’ is still to be confirmed.
For the Kingdom City Drowning soundtrack, Phillips and Gerardi enlisted the talents of Protector 101, an artist well known for his sci-fi inspired post-apocalyptic soundscapes. To hear some of his work head to the Kingdom City Drowning website which has three tracks available.
The team released a teaser trailer for the first episode, showcasing the atmosphere and graphical style of the series. There’s a definite sense of 1980’s sci-fi inspiration coming from the video, with nods to iconic films such as Blade Runner.
As VRFocus learns more about Kingdom City Drowning in the run up to release we’ll let you know.