On March 29th, Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” will be having its theatrical release, and throughout the past year, HTC’s publishing arm Vive Studios has actually been collaborating with various VR studios to create various exclusive Ready Player One VR experiences that is set in the film’s universe.
The movie may be an adaptation of the popular novel, but these experiences will bring you into the Oasis virtually.
First, we’re launching a national VR arcade program that will distribute this content across the U.S. Second, we’ll make these titles free to download for home users later this month!
Here’s the full lineup and the details that will be coming later this month:
- Ready Player One: Avatar Creator
People come to the OASIS for all the things they can do, but they stay for all the things they can be. With millions of permutations, the Avatar Creator lets you create your own highly detailed OASIS persona. Share your custom Avatar with friends and fellow Gunters. Developer: Morph3D.
- Battle for the OASIS
Help to save the OASIS by defeating waves of IOI Sixers. Advance through the trenches of Planet Doom towards the snowy planes that surround Anorak’s Castle. With an arsenal only possible in the OASIS, you must stop IOI from gaining control. Developer: Steel Wool Studios
- Rise of The Gunters
Fight against a nearly invincible army of highly trained IOI Sixers. Proceed with caution as you defeat Sixers, collect their coins, find power ups and survive a merciless onslaught of hyper-explosive kinetic action for as long as it takes. The OASIS is yours. Take it back. Battle the IOI by yourself or with up to two fellow Gunters! Developer: Drifter Entertainment, Inc.
Navigate through a seemingly endless dungeon while the undead seek to destroy you. Collecting Gold will improve your score and eating food will restore your health, but only your bow skills will ensure that you make it out alive. Developer: Directive Games
Enhance your hand and eye coordination in this nod to OASIS creator James Halliday’s favorite `80s arcade games. Developer: 2 Bears Studio
Heighten your spatial awareness and reflexes in this throwback to` 80s brick smasher games reimagined in VR. Developer: 2 Bears Studio
- Aech’s Garage
Walk into the extraordinary world of Aech’s Garage in VR as interpreted from the original ILM design for Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One.” Inspired by the virtual universe of the OASIS in 2045, Aech’s Garage represents the culmination of VR as it exists in the year 2018. Developer: Sansar
- The Distracted Globe Music Experience in TheWaveVR
Step inside the fantastical space inspired by The Distracted Globe zero-gravity dance club scene from “Ready Player One.” TheWaveVR experience will let anyone immerse themselves in the dance club scene with specially designed avatars,`80s visuals and music, plus the ability to fly to the music in zero gravity. Available at SXSW, in participating VR arcades across the country, and on the TheWaveVR’s free app on Steam in the U.S. on March 9. Developer: TheWaveVR
Many of these experiences will be shown at SXSW. If you’re attending, make sure to stop by Brazos Hall and check out Warner Bros. Picture’s Ready Player One activation for a hands-on demo.