Back in 2017 French studio AtlasV – the team behind Spheres and Gloomy Eyes – revealed that one of its upcoming projects was a virtual reality (VR) short called Battlescar. Today, the team has announced that Battlescar is ready for release, set to arrive next week.
A 30 minute VR movie narrated by Rosario Dawson (The Mandalorian, Trance, Sin City) the story is set in New York City during 1978, following Lupe, a young Puerto Rican American teenager who meets Debbie in a juvenile detention center.
“Debbie exposes Lupe to the underground scene of the 1970’s Lower East side,” explains the synopsis. “Despite their total lack of musical abilities, the two runaways decide to form their own punk music band, moved by the powerful lyrics written by Lupe.”
An homage to the underground scene, taking viewers through NYC’s gritty crime and drug filled streets, Battlescar featuring artists from the era including Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Death and Lydia Lunch. The project was created by Martín Allais and Nico Casavecchia, written by Nico Casavecchia, and produced by Atlas V in co-production with Arte, Albyon and 1STAveMachine.
There’s been a lot of good animation recently for VR fans, with 3DAR and Baobab Studios’ Paper Birds recently released as well as Spice and Wolf VR 2 by Spicy Tails. Whilst there’s Baobab Studios’ Baba Yaga and Namoo to look forward to.
Battlescar is coming to the Oculus platform first, hitting Oculus Quest and Rift on 14th January 2021. A Steam version is then slated to arrive by the end of the month. A 360° version will be available via Youtube as well. Check out the new trailer below, and for further updates keep reading VRFocus.