Alcon Media Group has announced a partnership with Google and technology company Lenovo to release the upcoming virtual reality (VR) videogame Blade Runner: Revelations for Google Daydream. The news of this latest VR tie-in for the Blade Runner franchise came at CES 2018, Las Vegas, announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
Blade Runner: Revelations is a VR experience based in the iconic Blade Runner universe in which users assume the role of Harper, a seasoned blade runner. Players will attempt to unravel a twisted replicant plot that threatens the delicate balance of Los Angeles in 2023. Users must search for evidence using assets such as their flying spinner, blaster weapon and esper image reconstruction as they attempt to try and solve the mystery in an immersive VR environment.
The videogame is one of the first to take advantage of the newly announced WorldSense, a technology created by Google that enables PC-quality position tracking on a mobile device without the need for any additional external sensors. With it, you can duck, dodge and lean, step backwards, forwards, and side-to-side, simply through physical gesturing.
The third Blade Runner VR experience, following Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, and Blade Runner 2049: Replicant Pursuit for Samsung Gear VR, Blade Runner: Revelations was created by Seismic Studios in conjunction with Google. It’s been suggested that the videogame will be best experienced with the Lenovo Mirage Solo, Lenovo’s soon to be released head-mounted display (HMD), as the videogame was built with this device in mind.
Alcon Media Group and Alcon Interactive will publish the new videogame following the critical success of the recent motion-picture release, Blade Runner 2049, from Oscar nominated director Dennis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri and Lennie James, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.
Blade Runner: Revelations is one of few new titles confirmed for the Google Daydream platform, and thus the Lenovo Mirage Solo is looking set to have a pretty sparse software line-up at launch. VRFocus will keep you updated with any changes to this state of affairs as the consumer release of the HMD approaches.