Steven Spielberg’s movie adaptation of Ernest Cline’s best seller, Ready Player One is nearing it’s March 29th release and we’ve been wondering when we’ll be hearing more about any complimentary Ready Player One VR Experiences. We’ve seen a few released for other movies over the past couple of years and this is Ready Player One – a movie that specifically revolves around virtual reality after all.
So when HTC – who’s an official partner of the film – decided to finally unveil their plans for promoting the movie, they didn’t just go big, they went gigantic.
HTC will be hosting an event for the film (with their HTC Vive headsets at the forefront of course) at this year’s SXSW event in Austin and their event will take over a two-story, city block of Brazos Hall. People attending the event will be able to take part in various Ready Player One-themed VR experiences at their demo stations. Though these will only be open at certain times during the March 9th to March 11th.
The company has now also revealed in a detailed blog post what VR experiences we can expect at the event. There are 8 in total and we’ve copied them for you below for convenience. HTC has also said that all of these experiences will become available as free downloads on Steam and Viveport. As well as in VR arcades across the US.
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 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
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. We tried this experience when it first released in January and were a little underwhelmed by it. Developer: Sansar
The Distracted Globe Music Experience in TheWaveVR
TheWaveVR lets you step inside a fantastical space inspired by The Distracted Globe zero-gravity dance club scene from Ready Player One. This TheWaveVR experience will let anyone immerse themselves in the dance club scene with specially designed avatars,`80s visuals and music, plus gives people the ability to fly to the music in zero gravity. It will be available at SXSW and in participating VR arcades across the country on March 9. It will launch on TheWaveVR’s free app on Steam in the U.S. beginning Thursday, March 17 at 9:00 p.m. CT. Developer: TheWaveVR
Enhance your hand and eye coordination in this nod to OASIS creator James Halliday’s favorite`80s arcade games. Developer: 2 Bears Studio (a Vive Studio partner)
Heighten your spatial awareness and reflexes in this throwback to 80’s brick smasher games reimagined in VR. Developer: 2 Bears Studio (a Vive Studio partner)