I love the Alien franchise, and I love VR. I also love Planet of the Apes, and I still love VR. Put those elements together, and you have something truly awesome! Earlier this week, Fox announced that the upcoming Alien: Covenant film will get an accompanying VR experience. Today, at CES 2017, the studio also announced that War for the Planet of the Apes will get VR, too.
Fox Innovation Lab will follow up those films by immersing you in their respective worlds. These will only be the second and third major releases from Fox’s R&D shop, and are riding the success of The Martian VR experience. The Alien: Covenant VR title will be executive produced by Ridley Scott himself, and directed by David Karlak. It aims to be “a dread-inducing journey into the depths of the Alien universe.” Meanwhile, Andy Serkis’ Imaginati Studios is collaborating with Fox Innovation Lab on the War for the Planet of the Apes experience. Wow!
Virtual reality is going mainstream, not just through VR games and videos on Oculus, Vive, and the like. It’s being used increasingly as a marketing tool to promote big-budget films. Google Cardboard, as well as YouTube‘s and Facebook‘s 360 videos have allowed VR to be more accessible. If you have a smart phone, you can stick it on your face and be transported.
Studios are counting on that accessibility to translate to dollars. Someone who falls in love with VR on their phone may go ahead and purchase an Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR. Once you have a virtual reality system at home, you’ll go ahead and buy VR experiences. Once you have the crap scared out of you by a Xenomorph, you’ll probably want to buy movie tickets. Makes sense doesn’t it?
So, will you be picking up one of these titles? How stoked are you for more sci-fi sequels and the virtual reality that will accompany them? Sound off in the comments!