In the novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, the world has not collapsed into a complete dystopia yet, but it is getting there quickly. The poorest people live in trailers with multiple other families, which have been stacked on top of each other as high as skyscrapers. People willingly enter into indentured servitude to the biggest companies, in order to have food and a place to sleep each night. And for many, their only chance of survival lies in winning a massive world wide scavenger hunt, where the prize is a fortune and control of a massive software company.
The scavenger hunt does not take place in the real world, but instead, inside of Oasis – a sort of virtual reality version of the internet. Inside Oasis, people can do all kinds of the same things they do on their computers now when logged on: shop, attend school, play video games, etc. The difference is that inside Oasis, you’re experiencing it all for yourself, through an avatar that you control. You see what your avatar sees and it moves how you tell it to move. And if you want to go to another part of Oasis, you can’t just open another tab, you have to find a way to travel there, through a virtual and seemingly infinite galaxy of planets and locations.
Fans of the book are waiting eagerly to see how director Steven Spielberg creates Oasis on the big screen in the upcoming film adaption. But it turns out that he is not the only one creating a version of Oasis. HTC Vine and Warner Brothers are working together to create exclusive virtual reality content to accompany the film. An official statement about the exclusive content has been released:
HTC Vive and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today a strategic partnership in which HTC Vive will be the exclusive VR partner for all content, online and offline activations for the highly-anticipated theatrical and home entertainment release of Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. Adapted from the book by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is a sci-fi action thriller that unfolds largely within the virtual reality space. The film is slated for global theatrical release on March 30, 2018, from Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Partners and Village Roadshow Pictures.
Vive will produce multiple pieces of VR content tied to the world of Ready Player One. This content will be available to users through Viveport, which will distribute the content globally across all VR in-home platforms, from high-end PC based VR systems to mobile solutions. In addition, Vive plans to bring Ready Player One-inspired content to its Viveport Arcade platform for location-based entertainment as well as showcase the VR experiences and games at many of the biggest global consumer events through the year.
The statement also includes a quote from said Blair Rich, President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures:
“The virtual reality world within Ready Player One is extremely advanced, sophisticated and engaging, and with Vive, we chose the best system to represent the future of VR. Vive is the perfect partner to bring that to life and also has the broadest reach to global markets for the use of VR in home, mobile and offline channels. We’re delighted that HTC Vive will be partnering with Ready Player One and very excited to work with them leading up the movie’s release in Spring 2018.”
President of Viveport Rikard Steiber also had something to say on the matter:
“Ready Player One is one of the most anticipated movies in the world, and has tremendous potential to engage and entertain the worldwide market, showcasing the transformative nature of VR, and what it can and will be. Vive is delivering on the promise of VR and continues to be the most advanced and immersive VR experience available to consumers, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Warner Bros. to bring these experiences to consumers, on all platforms, around the globe.”
In regards to the Ready Player One-inspired content, much of Oasis is based around the pop culture of the 1980s. So its possible that the futuristic technology involved will include a look back at the past. Fans of the novel who play classic video games and watch movies and television from that era may now be able to immerse themselves completely in the past, just like the characters in Ready Player One.
Source: HTC Vive, Warner Bros. Pictures
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