Ninja Theory Co-Founder Confident in the Future of VR

Ninja Theory have been around as an independent studio since 2003, responsible for titles such as Heavenly Sword and the Devil May Cry reboot DmC: Devil May Cry. Though the company has yet to release a virtual reality (VR) title, that may be on the cards judging by remarks from co-founder and Creative Director Tameem Antoniades.

Speaking to WCCFTech about Ninja Theory’s latest title, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Antoniades said that the studio was planning on: “A healthy mix of established IP and new IP is where we want to be. Could Hellblade turn into a franchise? Never say never. I hope it’s a success so that we can at least have that choice to make.”

Ninja Theory were responsible for creating the recently discontinued Disney Infinity 3.0, so its possible that the studio could continue its relationship with Disney in the future.

Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice

Is it possible that some of those upcoming titles will be VR? Antoniades seemed enthusiastic about the possibility: “VR is something we’ve been experimenting with and we’ve been using Hellblade as a testing ground. We released a VR scene from Hellblade online last year on YouTube and on the Oculus store. VR is most certainly going to be the dominant form of gaming. It’s just hard to see right now due to the bulky headsets, power and battery requirements. Every criticism against VR right now will be smashed by the time we get to 3rd generation headsets.”

Though Ninja Theory are yet to announce what other projects they have planned for the future, it seems reasonable to assume that at least one of them will be a VR project. It might even be possible to see Ninja Theory leverage its Disney connection to get Disney characters into VR, considering Disney’s known enthusiasm for new visual mediums.

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