“Paranormal Activity” VR Game For The Rift Will Make You Scream
If you thought horror experiences couldn’t get any more immersive, think again. Virtual reality is now poised to bring the popular horror movie franchise “Paranormal Activity” to your very eyes in the form of a game.
The “Paranormal Activity VR” game, set to fully launch later this year across multiple virtual reality platforms, debuted at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco last March 14-18. Its developer VRWERX, a division of Beast Media Group, will debut the VR game on the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Sony PlayStation VR.
Alex Barder, co-managing partner of VRWERX said, “It was really important for us to capture the essence of the ‘Paranormal Activity’ universe. This game is a continuation of the franchise – a next chapter spawning from this fantastic mythology.”
The interactive demo that debuted on HTC Vives in AMC Theaters in October last year has evolved, according to Russell Naftal, the co-managing partner at VRWERX. “This game is a full ‘AAA’ title with three hours of story and up to six hours of gameplay for those who want to explore every aspect of this world. The original demo was more experiential, whereas this is a video-game experience,” Naftal said.
VRWERX has worked on games like “Call of Duty,” “Homefront,” “Madden” and “Defiance.” Naftal and Barder created the company to explore virtual reality on higher-end platforms like PlayStation 4. The two-man team believes that “Paranormal Activity VR” will let audiences live through the new found footage horror experience.
“Imagine if at the completion of this game, someone would have found the footage of you playing in the house and then shared it,” Naftal said. “We would see this from the angles of the cameras in the house.” “We believed horror had the potential of being the most visceral experience, and we concluded the best way to launch is with a known brand,” Barder says. “We’ve both been huge fans of the ‘Paranormal Activity’ franchise for a long time, so we approached Paramount Pictures and were able to strike a deal.”
The “Paranormal Activity” film series have grossed over $401 million at the domestic box office since its first installment in 2009.
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