Warner Bros. Pictures has announced plans for a multi-platform rollout of the DC Extended Universe movie-inspired virtual reality game, Justice League VR: The Complete Experience. This news arrives a couple of months ahead of the theatrical release of the Justice League DCEU movie – a project that has gone through some difficulties this year, after director Zack Snyder stepped down from the film’s reshoots (due to a family tragedy) and Joss Whedon stepped up to fill his spot.
Despite that complication, Justice League remains on-track to arrive this fall as scheduled and anticipation for the film is high, as evidence by Justice League ranking on Fandango’s most anticipated fall 2017 movie releases survey results. Following the release of multiple trailers and images for the movie comes word about another major Justice League ancillary project, in the form of said VR experience.
Justice League VR: The Complete Experience, according to the official press release from WB, will allow players to “step into the shoes and feel the powers of the iconic DC Super Heroes: Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg.” The game will feature several missions: users can play as Batman (outracing enemies), Wonder Woman (fight Parademons), Aquaman (face a creature from the deep), The Flash (stop a ticking bomb) and Cyborg (take out enemy drones.) Superman, who is “dead,” appears not be included in the game.
The release will come in four stages: A preview that’s now available as a free download for iPhone and Android devices and works with Google Cardboard and similar devices, called “Justice League VR: Join the League – Gillette Edition”. (That can be downloaded here.) The second part will arrive as a sneak peek in October at New York Comic Con, using the HTC Vive’s controllers. The third part will come along with the film’s release in November (available at IMAX VR Centres) and the full-on game, Justice League Virtual Reality: The Complete Experience, will come in expanded form, available on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung GearVR, Google DayDream and Sony PSVR.
Virtual reality has been in its latest phase for four or five years now – and while it’s certainly popular among a niche group of enthusiasts, VR hasn’t really broken through in the overall culture in any meaningful way yet. That being said, the Justice League game has a chance to function as a breakthrough. It features characters with huge mainstream popularity and the full game will be available on every major VR platform. Further, the multi-platform rollout will give Justice League fans a chance to experience the game in several different forms over the course of several months.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
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