Founded in 2015, The Rogue Initiative has built a team of award-winning industry veterans from the likes of Amblin Entertainment, Disney, Dreamworks Animation, Pixar, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Activision, Epic Games and Microsoft. It comes as no surprise then that they’re delving into the in-between world of gaming and filming through virtual reality (VR). VRFocus spoke to Pete Blumel, CEO and Creative Director as well as Nghia Lam Design Director at The Rogue Initiative.
The Rogue Initiative announced they were working their first VR videogame Crowe: The Drowned Armory in 2016. Released on Steam for HTC Vive on the 30th May 2017, Crowe tells a story of a tribal boy discovering ancient forgotten technology abandoned by his ancestors as he tries to defend his village from alien invaders. A fairy guides you, and you will be asked to solve puzzles that incorporate head-tracking and parallax. In Survival Mode, you can take down enemies with various weapons such dual plasma pistols.
Crowe: The Drowned Armory is currently available on Steam for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift on the 5th October, 2017 and for PlayStation VR later this year. Watch the video below to see what the Rogue Initiative want to do and how they are working with established filmmakers on VR projects.