For those unaware, back in 1981 an anti-war story revolving around the crew of a German U-boat during World War II, Das Boot, was released, becoming one of the most successful German films ever. Recently, Sky, Sonar Entertainment, and Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, have revealed a collaboration to recreate the film as a TV series which is scheduled for release in late 2018. Alongside this, remote control productions (RCP) has been employed to create a virtual reality (VR) title to compliment the show.
Working with Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, RCP aims to capture the essence of the popular movie and the upcoming TV series, with a special focus on the anti-war message. Players will be able to submerge themselves into the story of a German U-boat crew, experiencing the oppressive narrowness of submarine life and the horrors of war.
Hendrik Lesser, CEO of remote control productions, said in a statement: “We’re proud to bring one of the strongest German movie IPs ever to the world of gaming. The reception from the gaming industry blew us away. We were overwhelmed and humbled by both the amount and the quality of positive feedback we received within minutes after last week’s original announcement.
“The combination of an iconic brand like ‘Das Boot’ with an exciting technology like VR has instantly energized and excited a lot of people… and this is only the beginning! We’re actively reviewing bringing “Das Boot” to other platforms as well; this is a long-term commitment for rcp. We’re looking forward to making Das Boot a global success in the gaming world and are actively looking for partners – so if you haven’t done so already and still want to become part of this exciting journey, get in touch!”
As it’s still early in production RCP hasn’t revealed which head-mounted displays (AMD) it plans to support, just expect the title to arrive in 2018 alongside the TV Show.
As more details are revealed about Das Boot, VRFocus will keep you updated.