The world of eSports is growing every year, seeking to get closer to the mainstream and be accepted as a ‘real’ sport alongside football, tennis and motor racing. The genre of sports films is well-established, often featuring inspiring messages, such as the ones featured in movies such as Field of Dreams. Now eSports is getting a movie that looks into the world of videogaming competition, and looks at it in 360-degrees.
The movie is titled Ctrl, and though a short film, it seeks to tell a broad story. The short film tells the story of Liam, a competitor in an eSports tournament. The film seeks to bring the atmosphere of a eSports tournament to life, giving viewers an inside look at the arena, letting viewers experience the tension of the content and discover the real reason Liam is fighting so hard to succeed.
The story is described as ‘deep and darkly twisted’, so viewers shouldn’t be expecting a typically uplifting sporting movie. The team behind the short film hope that viewers will be dawn into the plot, to confront the reality of the protagonist, and perhaps learn something about themselves in the process.
The creators of Ctrl, Breaking Fourth, had this to say about creating the film experience: “The process of creating Ctrl for PS VR was incredibly interesting and it allowed us to examine how best to draw the audience into a story, as well as navigate the challenges of 360 degree viewing. We focused heavily on viewer experience – we believe that embodiment and presence comes with responsibility – and PS VR gives us such a great opportunity to play with new techniques and make the most of its immersive capabilities.”
Ctrl will be available for download by PlayStation VR users from 23rd June from the PlayStation Store. Further information can be found at the Breaking Fourth website.
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