As VRFocus have reported before, Ridley Scott is keen on virtual reality (VR) technology. The new division of his studio, RSA Films recently announced that it was launching a specialist VR division. The first fruit of that studio’s labours will be released soon.
Alien: Covenant In Utero is a 360-degree VR film that will allow VR users to come into terrifying proximity to an alien Xenomorph as it is violently born, with the trailer indicating that VR users might actually be put in the position of the newborn Xenomorph. The short film is a co-production between RSA VR Studio, Fox Innovation Labs and AMD. The VR film will be made available to Oculus Rift users from the 26th April 2017, as part of the promotion for the upcoming Alien: Covenant movie.
Alien: Covenant is a sequel to Prometheus, which was released in 2012 and was itself a prequel to the events depicted in the other films in the Alien franchise. Alien: Covenant is being directed by David Karlak with Ridley Scott acting as executive producer and is due out in cinemas on 19th May 2017.
The plot synopsis for Alien: Covenant reads as follows: “The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.”
Previous statements from 20th Century Fox regarding the Alien: Covenant VR experience indicated that it would be available on ‘all major VR platforms’. It is not known at this point if Alien: Covenant In Utero will be ported to other VR platforms or if it will remain an Oculus Rift exclusive.
You can watch the trailer for Alien: Covenant In Utero below.
VRFocus will bring you further information on Alien: Covenant In Utero when it becomes available.