National Geographic Launching an Antarctic Virtual Reality Experience on Oculus Quest
National Geographic has released a 30-minute virtual reality film that takes the viewer to an Antarctica virtual reality adventure. The new film is set to be released on Oculus Quest this spring when the headset hits the market.
Dubbed the National Geographic Explore VR, the viewer will be taken to an Antarctica adventure where they will go on a mission to search for a lost penguin colony. The VR adventure takes the viewer on a kayak ride through the frozen waters along with a climb on an ice sheet as the user goes about their search for the missing birds.
With the use of the Oculus Touch Controllers, the viewer, cast as the virtual explorer through the frozen wilderness will be able to set up the camps, build wind barricades in the virtual frozen wilderness and zip up the tent thereby getting a highly realistic and super-immersive sense of what it feels like to be in and to survive in the tough Antarctica environment.
The immersive experience was created by the National Geographic Partners Immersive Experiences team which for the past nine months has been working with Oculus along with the VR/AR studio Force Field on the Explore VR. National Geographic is planning to add additional adventures on the app in the next few months which will include archaeological travels to some of the world’s top cultural heritage sites. NatGeo has also partnered with YouTube on various virtual reality projects which the first batch slated for release this December.
On the other fronts, there is also the upcoming release of Facebook’s Oculus Quest headset which will come out this spring. The headset will launch with numerous titles that have been confirmed so far including Superhot, Beat Saber, Moss and Vader Immortal-A Star Wars VR Series.