Launched earlier this year, Virry VR: Feel the Wild is a virtual reality (VR) experience for PlayStation VR which takes players to the African savannah, allowing them to play with wild animals in their natural habitats. Already a winner of the Webby People’s Voice Award 2017 in ‘VR: Gaming, Interactive, or Real-time’, Virry VR: Feel the Wild has now been nominated in the Interactive category of the prestigious British Academy Children’s Awards for 2017.
Filmed on location in 4K VR, Virry VR: Feel the Wild includes live cameras from the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, which the team at Fountain Digital Labs say ‘is something we’re especially proud of’. This technology offers people a chance to see the animals they’ve just interacted with out roaming in the conservancy, and they can also help support them by donating $1 per month with their subscription.
“It’s a tremendous honour just to be nominated for a BAFTA and we’re thrilled that the hard work and dedication of our team is being recognised. Their passion for raising awareness of animal conservation among children and really, people of all ages, shows in the work that’s been done on Virry VR: Feel the Wild,” stated Svetlana Dragayeva, Fountain Digital Labs CEO, in an official statement. “With more and more animal species going extinct every year it’s important now more than ever to make people aware of their plight and to reconnect with nature in a safe and educational way directly from their living rooms. Children especially are crucial as they’re tomorrow’s leaders and policymakers, so making that connection and gaining an understanding of our place in the world and how to share it with wildlife can help to ensure a brighter future for all of us.”
The British Academy Children’s Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, 26th November 2017. The complete list of nominations can be found on the official BAFTA website. Virry VR: Feel the Wild is available now to download the PlayStation Store, exclusively for PlayStation VR, priced at $9.99 (USD). The subscription service offers live cameras, which have a 15 minute free trial period, costing $2.50 (USD) per month or $3.50 (USD) per month to include a donation of $1.00 (USD) to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Fountain Digital Labs has teased that information on the next stage of Virry VR: Feel the Wild will be coming soon, and VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details.