The stage is set, Oculus Rift is coming, and the first Emmy for virtual reality goes to… Sleepy Hollow. Those who are looking forward to the launch of Oculus Rift and can’t wait to enjoy the experience of VR headsets are being offered a bit of a treat in the form of a thriller game to be played with the futuristic devices attached to their heads.
Developed by Secret Location and FOX, The Sleepy Hollow Virtual Reality Experience is based on the network’s hit television series, where they have created a compelling story to immerse the player into the creepy town haunted by the Headless Horseman. The tidbit released for public viewing offers us a sneak peek at the future of gaming.
Horror or thriller games are already too terrifying for some to try, with astoundingly genuine sounds, sudden changes in light, and abnormal creatures or frenzied killers out to get them. The genre has expanded incredibly within the last couple of years, where enhanced, life-like graphics can fully cause goosebumps and genuine startles.
After all, few people would be frightened by a tiny pixel heading their way.
However, with the advancement of technology, gaming is following in suit, and The Sleepy Hollow Virtual Reality Experience is set to be one of the best, being awarded an Emmy already for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media, in the category of User Experience and Visual Design.
The VR game first debuted at ComicCon, where it allowed curious users to get a taste on how Oculus Rift will innovate the gaming world and bring forth a new era. The device is set to be put up for pre-order later this year, and to officially launch in early 2016, with likely thousands eagerly waiting to get their hands on the gadget.
The snippet of the videogame to come on Oculus Rift places the player by a recently emptied grave, with nothing but fog, dried trees and darkness around them. They have the temporary company of famous Ichabod Crane by their side, warning them of the incoming threat of the Headless Horseman roaming about the grounds of the town.
The protagonists leaves and a feeling of impending doom then creeps around, with the horseman inevitably approaching and cutting off the player’s head, to then offer a view of their murderer lifting it up for inspection. It’s quite a remarkable first-person experience that far exceeds the already frightening perspective on wide screens.
Virtual reality will immerse players deep into the plane of fictional worlds, and it’s likely that thriller games, such as The Sleepy Hollow Virtual Reality Experience, will just be one of the many to come.
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