Sci-Fi Classic Horror Game Twilight Zone Coming to Quest on July 14
The Twilight Zone is making a comeback as a virtual reality game for Quest 2. Here is a quick look at the history of this science fiction classic.
The Twilight Zone debuted over six decades ago and was one of the most iconic sci-fi movies of its time. Rod Serling’s stories in The Twilight Zone captivated and scared audiences at the same time and the film has gone on to influence the subsequent sci-fi film producers and writers who came afterward. The film has had several reboots and adaptations over the years and it is now seeing one of its most notable adaptations lately, a virtual reality rendition.
The Twilight Zone VR Comes to Meta Quest 2
The Twilight Zone VR is coming to Meta Quest 2 on July 14, 2022. This will be the first time ever that the film or an offshoot of it is released in virtual reality. The original The Twilight Zone told individual stories in a series of episodes. The publisher Fun Train says it intends to keep the VR version of the game in an episode format. It will start with three playable stories that will meld both science fiction and horror.
The publisher Fun Train has dabbled with VR horror before with the release of The Exorcist: Legion VR on Meta Quest (2) in 2019.
The first three stories in The Twilight Zone VR will be done by Dwayne Smith and Rob Yescombe. The authors have also worked on The Invisible Hours, Forty Acres, and Farpoint.
There isn’t much information at the moment on whether there will be subsequent episodes after the first three in the form of DLC later on. The developers or publishers have yet to release any information on the versions for PlayStation VR (or possibly PlayStation VR 2) that were announced earlier.
Whether we might see sequels will largely hinge on the success of the virtual reality game. The Twilight Zone has had reboots that have failed before. For instance, following the success of the original series, many Hollywood studios tried out offshoots of The Twilight Zone with mixed results.
1950s Usher in the TV Era
The 1950s era saw a media revolution similar to what we are currently seeing with smartphones, virtual reality, and mixed reality. The transistor radio was no longer king and was rapidly replaced by television sets. In came the era of the movies. American screenwriter and television producer Rod Serling saw an opportunity and sought to use the new media to relay compelling stories. Serling was a progressive in an age of conservatism and sought to use his talents to take on difficult topics such as class differences, racism, political grievances, and many philosophical questions of the day.
As a result, the screenwriter found some elements of his work being censored by sponsors, financiers, and producers. Tired of the censorship, Serling created his own series where he was both the screenwriter and the narrator. This was The Twilight Zone, the sci-fi franchise that has remained popular over the decades.
Once he was able to materialize the show and after it hit its peak in the sixties after running through 200 episodes, the show was discontinued. In the subsequent years, Rod Serling took on other roles, including as a television presenter, producer, and author. As a producer, he developed various formats based on The Twilight Zone. Rod Serling died in 1975 during bypass surgery.
The Twilight Zone and Steven Spielberg
Legendary American filmmaker Steven Spielberg reintroduced The Twilight Zone to the cinemas in 1983 where it reappeared as an episodic feature film. A series reboot also followed with aspects of the scripts authored by sci-fi writers George RR Martin and Harlan Ellison with Wes Craven taking on the direction.
Close to two decades later, The Twilight Zone saw another reboot. This time, Forest Whitaker assumed the role of the on-screen narrator, and episodes were a blend of new stories as well as the modernized classics. However, the 2000s reboot ran for just one season.
Another The Twilight Zone reboot attempt was tried in 2019 by CBS. This time, the narrator was Jordan Peele whose sci-fi horror film Nope is coming to the cinemas soon. It ran for two seasons and featured twenty episodes and ended in February 2021. This ended not because it failed but because the team had apparently covered all the stories that needed to be covered and wanted to pursue new projects.
Now The Twilight Zone fans will get the privilege of experiencing this sci-fi classic in virtual reality.