There seem to be an ever-growing number of virtual reality (VR) movie tie-ins of late, and that’s no bad thing. The latest is a little quirkier than usual as it’s not based on a current film, rather the iconic Bill Murray flick Groundhog Day. Developed by Tequila Works (Invisible Hours), Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son was initially teased earlier this year. Today, a launch date has been set for September.
Created in collaboration with Sony Pictures Virtual Reality (SPVR) and MWM Immersive (MWMi), Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son puts you in the role of Phil Connors Jr., the son of Phil Connors from the original film. Trapped in a time loop like his father, as Connors Jr., you’ll need to solve puzzles and explore the world of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania in a bid to free yourself from the time loop.
The videogame won’t just feature the main hook of the film, fans will also be able to visit all those beloved places and spot personalities from the film as well as new characters.
“At Sony Pictures Virtual Reality, we are focused on extending beloved IP into new mediums and reaching new audiences. ‘Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son’ is a perfect example of that,” said Jake Zim, Senior Vice President of Virtual Reality at Sony Pictures Entertainment in a statement. “By continuing the world of ‘Groundhog Day‘ in a VR game, we can introduce a new generation to the magic of the film and expand upon this universe. While the game introduces a new, modern story and protagonist, the themes explored by the original film remain true to this day.”
“VR allows players to explore unique worlds, discover stories and interact with characters in entirely new ways,” adds Raul Rubio, CEO and Creative Director of Tequila Works. “The iconic world and characters of ‘Groundhog Day’ are incredibly rich and memorable and we’ve used them as a jumping-off point for a contemporary experience and story.”
Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son will launch on 17th September 2019, for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive for £24.99 GBP / $29.99 USD / €29.99 EUR. The title is available to pre-order tomorrow, Tuesday 20th from the PlayStation Store, Oculus Store, Viveport, and Steam. For further updates on the experience, keep reading VRFocus.