Sir David Attenborough is widely regarded in Britain as a national treasure. Entire generations have learned about the wonders of the natural world thanks to his dulcet tones narrating over magnificent sights of whales, insects, lions and gorillas. Thanks to a collaboration between the London Natural History Museum and Sky Television, Sir David will soon be bringing natural history to virtual reality (VR).
The new collaboration is titled ‘Hold The World’ and is said to be a mixture of videogame and TV documentary. The viewer will have the opportunity to get hands-on with virtual re-creations of some of the oldest and rarest fossils in the world, as well as skulls and other bones belonging to creatures that are long extinct, all narrated by Attenborough.
Attenborough had this to say about the project: “Hold The World offers people a unique opportunity: to examine rare objects, some millions of years old, up close. It represents an extraordinary new step in how people can explore and experience nature, all from the comfort of their own homes.”
As of yet there is no confirmed release date for Hold the World. The development team have said that it should be available for Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift. There is currently no word on what the price point will be.
The new project ties in to other VR experiences that have allowed VR users to get up close with history, such as the British Museum’s Two Million Years of History and Humanity project, or the VR recreation of destroyed artefacts from the Mosul Museum.
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