Premiering on October 8, entertainment studio BlackBox TV is releasing a short series exclusive to Meta Quest TV and Meta Horizon Worlds featuring the Meta Quest 2 headset. The “Scream Park” 360° VR experience takes users on a tour of VR horror roller coaster just in time for spooky season.
Meta Quest TV is the VR home for the Meta Quest and Meta Quest 2 VR headsets. Users need a Meta Quest 2 device to view “Scream Park”. In August, Meta raised the price of Quest 2 from $299.99 to $399.99 due to high production costs.
Each episode will be 7 minutes long and will feature “active driving scenes,” which involve flashing lights, driving into a scary clown’s mouth, and some twists and turns that admittedly made us a little nauseous. A warning before each episode indicates that it is not suitable for photosensitive viewers.
At launch, the first four episodes will be released. The remaining four episodes will air throughout the fall.
Unlike the new slate of games coming to Quest 2, such as ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Among Us’ and ‘Red Matter 2’, BlackBox TV’s eight-episode series is designed to provide users with non-interactive 360° VR entertainment. which mixes live-action in a CGI world.
“The team uses VR gaming technology to create a dark, complex, yet relatable story in the cinematic space,” producer Tru Collins said in a statement. “The eye is a physical extension of the central nervous system, so when the visual effects of 360° virtual reality meet the emotional connection to the story, it hits the guts in ways that 2D entertainment simply cannot. not.”
The company claimed the video is “new to Meta” and “to our knowledge is one of the first of its kind to fuse live action into a CGI world (most content does the reverse), and an immersive story/race that is outside of the game universe and feels more real than a 2D series,” BlackBox TV told TechCrunch.
“With ‘Scream Park,’ we’re not trying to replicate reality in VR; we’re creating an experience you won’t find anywhere else,” said creator and director Tony E. Valenzuela.
Although there are roller coaster games for Meta Quest devices, “Scream Park” is a narrative storytelling video with characters acting as if they are talking directly to the viewer.
The Meta Quest 2 exclusive series also features a familiar face from the hit Netflix show “Stranger Things.” Grace Van Dien, who played Chrissy, the possessed cheerleader in “Stranger Things,” will play Kelly Q in “Scream Park,” who is trapped and must be rescued before the sun comes up. The other live-action character on the show is “American Horror Story” star Zach Villa as Will.
CGI characters like the robot will be voiced by Monique Coleman, who starred in Disney’s “High School Musical.” Online personality and singer Steve Zaragoza will voice the antagonist, Toby Terrific.
“Scream Park” is a continuation of BlackBox TV’s “Enter Scream Park,” which premiered on its YouTube channel in 2021 and currently has over 680,660 views. The channel has 1.1 million subscribers. BlackBox TV claimed that due to the success of the video, the horror/sci-fi studio decided to create an entire series for the world of “Scream Park”.
“We are thrilled to continue our ‘Scream Park’ journey with our new series and grateful for Meta’s continued support,” Valenzuela added.
BlackBox TV specializes in VR/360° experiences and was founded by filmmaker Valenzuela. The studio has released various other series on Meta Quest, such as “Before Scream Park”, “Enter Scream Park”, “Alan Wake in VR”, “The Monster Challenge”, “Freddy Krueger”, “Lights Out”, “Pennywise “. the dancing clown”, and more.
The announcement of the 360° VR series comes ahead of Meta’s annual conference, Meta Connect, which will take place on Tuesday, October 11. The conference will include announcements of “major Horizon updates and avatar graphics,” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Instagram account. caption in response to his avatar’s squeaky selfie.
Horizon Worlds has had so many performance issues that even Meta employees won’t be using it, The Verge recently reported.
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